The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s-1930s (Studies in Environment and History) (Hardcover)

The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s-1930s (Studies in Environment and History) By David Moon Cover Image

The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s-1930s (Studies in Environment and History) (Hardcover)

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Beginning in the 1870s, migrant groups from Russia's steppes settled in the similar environment of the Great Plains. Many were Mennonites. They brought plants, in particular grain and fodder crops, trees and shrubs, as well as weeds. Following their example, and drawing on the expertise of migr Russian-Jewish scientists, the US Department of Agriculture introduced more plants, agricultural sciences, especially soil science; and methods of planting trees to shelter the land from the wind. By the 1930s, many of the grain varieties in the Great Plains had been imported from the steppes. The fertile soil was classified using the Russian term 'chernozem'. The US Forest Service was planting shelterbelts using techniques pioneered in the steppes. And, tumbling across the plains was an invasive weed from the steppes: tumbleweed. Based on archival research in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, this book explores the unexpected Russian roots of Great Plains agriculture.

Product Details ISBN: 9781107103603
ISBN-10: 1107103606
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Studies in Environment and History