In the last 5 years, South Dakota has ranked either first or second in the nation in total oat production. Since 1940, major changes in management practices (including fertilization, new varieties, herbicides, new crops, increased yields of other crops, fewer general farms, and more mechanization) and climatic shifts have caused significant changes in the yield, market demand, method of harvesting, and acreage planted for oats. As a result, a study was initiated to identify changes in yield land use, and total oat production by county in South Dakota.
South Dakota State University
Malo, Douglas, "South Dakota Oat Production Yield and Land Use Trends 1961-1982" (1984). Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletins (1939-2011). 74.