Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Beekeeping has provided many persons with a satisfying and continually interesting hobby. To others it means a profitable sideline easily fitted to a farming or other full-time occupation. The commercial beekeeper finds that this phase of agriculture provides him with an independent and respectable way of making a comfortable livmg. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide persons who are interested in starting a few colonies of bees a source of basic information suited to Northern Great Plains conditions. South Dakota provides the essential natural ingredients for the production of sizable crops of high quality honey. Honey bees also provide South Dakota farmers and ranchers with vital pollination of alfalfa and other seed crops, the production of which are an important part of the state's agricultural economy.
Walstrom, R.J. and Hantsbarger, W.M., "Beekeeping in South Dakota" (1959). SDSU Extension Circulars. 645.