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9856. Shantz, H.L.. 1911. Natural vegetation as an indicator of the capabilities of land for crop production in the Great Plains area.. USDA Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 201..
In order to help farmers judge the agricultural value of unbroken land, a detailed study of natural vegetation was conducted in the Great Plains area. Three main associations were determined; 1) Short-grass formation, represented by the grama-buffalo grass association, 2) Wire-grass association, characterized by shallow-rooted and deep-rooted plants, and 3) Bunch-grass association of primarily deeply rooted plants. These vegetation groups were correlated with the soil moisture, with soil texture being the most important factor relating to amount of moisture.

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