Agricultural Engineering Department
clay soils, western south dakota, dry-land, soils
Dry-land production at the Belle Fourche Field Station (now called the Newell Irrigation and Dry-land Field Station) has been carried on for 40 years. This span of years has included periods of prosperity and of stress. While one cannot foresee the future, the best guide to what may occur is a record of what has happened in the past. The 40 years just concluded provide material that should be of interest to all concerned with farming in the dry-land portion of South Dakota. The Belle Fourche Field Station was established in 1906 primarily to study the problems of irrigation. The station was also selected as a place to conduct investigations in crop production on non-irrigated land. At that time, information on dry farming in the dry-land portion of the Great Plains was almost completely lacking, and recommendations on how to grow crops on limited rainfall were based chiefly on theory.
South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Osenburg, A. and Mathews, "Dry-Land Crop Production on the Clay Soils of Western South Dakota" (1951). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 82.