Item: Dry Farming in the North Central Montana "Triangle"
Title: Dry Farming in the North Central Montana "Triangle"
Series Title: Montana Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics; 66
Author: Wilson, M. L. (Milburn Lincoln)
Summary: 1923 Montana Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics Bulletin on dryland farming in the north central "triangle" of Montana stretching from Havre to Cut Bank and Great Falls and north to the Canadian border. Describes the topography, soils, and features of the area, gives an agricultural and general history, and discusses the current agricultural, financial, and production situation, especially the 1917-1921 drought and its effects. Discusses causes of dryland farming failure in the triangle such as weather, poor land, crop prices, and poor farming methods and management. Explains a new farming plan for the triangle based on weather, calculated risk, and Experiment Station records. Recommends good farming practices such as building reserves, diversifying, building shelterbelts, catching snow, planting hardy fruits and gardens, having milk cows, hogs, sheep, and poultry, using silos, and growing feed for livestock. Also discusses livestock farming, use of tillable land and tillage tools, fallow and cover crops, farmers' experiences and knowledge, soil blowing and fertility, harvesting methods and problems, and dryland irrigation. An appendix provides examples of temporary farm failure and depression in places such as Kansas and Russia. The appendix also describes how other groups and cultures have dealt with drought, such as the Mormons, the Biblical Egyptians during the time of Joseph and Pharaoh, the Russians, and early civilizations. Also includes a report from successful farms in the triangle including monetary values and types of crops as well as stories from successful farmers and assorted tables and statistics.
Notes: photographs, illustrations, charts, tables
Keywords: dry farming, havre, dryland, cut bank, great falls, soils, history, agriculture, financial, crops, drought, weather, farming, farmers, diversification, shelterbelts, gardening, livestock, silos, tilling, fallow, cover crops, irrigation, statistics
Call Number: Stacks & SpecUpub S83.B84 no.66