Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Vegetables and small fruits are grown more extensively in South Dakota than most people realize. Almost every farm has a garden where vegetables and small fruits are grown for immediate use. In every town and city, gardens of varying sizes are found. These home gardens produce a large amount of wholesome, high nutritional food. Market gardening is an important enterprise near the larger towns in South Dakota. It is a highly specialized business, though oftentime it is done on a very limited acreage. The detrimental effects of prolonged dry periods, which have caused complete failure of vegetable and small fruit production, have been experienced by both the home and market grower. When an adequate supply of soil moisture has been maintained throughout the growing season, yields of crops have been high. An irrigation system designed for small acreages will prevent crop losses due to dry periods. Careful planning for irrigation by the gardener will produce more vegetables and small fruits for the table, for canning, freezing and for the market. This bulletin offers suggestions in using irrigation for the ( 1) home gardener and (2) the market gardener.
Fogel, Martin and Ayres, Lloyd, "Irrigating Vegetables and Small Fruits" (1955). SDSU Extension Circulars. 683.