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Barberry Eradication Program Reports, 1891 - 1975

Identifier: ACC 2013-081:

Scope and Contents

Black stem rust (BSR) is a fungus which migrates from barberry plants to cereal crops including wheat, oats, rye, and barley. A BSR epidemic in 1916 made it clear that further action was necessary in order to prevent devastating crop loss. In 1918, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began a barberry eradication program with the cooperation of thirteen north-central states, including South Dakota. The program provided funding for surveys which identified and removed BSR-susceptible barberry plants. Funding for the program ended in 1980.

This series contains the barberry eradication program’s annual progress reports, as well as a few special reports and educational pamphlets.


  • 1891 - 1975


1.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


Reports are in chronological order.

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
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