Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Plant Pathology


The state of South Dakota has many natural resources. One which plays a very important part in the economy of the state is grasslands. These grasslands are extremely variable and range from the tallgrass prairie in eastern South Dakota to the shortgrass prairie in the western part of the state. The most important and useful method of grassland management is proper grazing management. This must be used in combination with all other forms of improvement if they are to be successful. There are many acres of grasslands which can best be improved by complete re-establishment. This would include plowing and reseeding to native grasses or to introduced grasses and/or legumes. Several mechanical methods have been devised that can stimulate and increase production on these marginal areas. One such method is interseeding. The objective of this research are to relate the success of interseeding to botanical composition, soil, moisture and topography of certain grassland sites. The botanical composition ranged from grasslands made up of many native species to those composed of a single introduced species. Condition of these grassland ranged from poor to low good. The percent stand establishment was used as the measure of success.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Grasses -- South Dakota


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