Dirty Thirties in South Dakota

This photograph was taken by Joseph G. Hutton, a soil scientist at South Dakota State College.  Hutton was instrumental in revitalizing farm land which had been damaged by the Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s.  The drought plagued South Dakotans with damaged health, suffocated livestock, and devastated crops.

This elevating grader is being used to create terraces on the Madsen Farm, Richland Township, Shue Creek area, South Dakota.  The photograph was taken September 4, 1935.  2016:023, Hutton Collection scrapbook image 33-56

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