Agronomy and Horticulture Department


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Published in The Science News-Letter, Vol. 30, No. 796 (Jul. 11, 1936), pp. 19-20.


Development of the natural prairie vegetation is an excellent indicator of the intensity of drought. The extreme drought of 1934 left many bare areas in the grasslands and all but swept away most of the least drought-resistant species. The dry early spring and later summer of 1935 witnessed great increases in needlegrass, western wheat grass, and the invasion of a host of weeds. The favorable spring of 1936 promoted an abundant growth and emphasized the great changes in the prairie flora.