Trying Plants That Grow in South Dakota

Jeff and Jolene Stewart of Wagner, South Dakota are trying several kinds of fruit to see how they grow here.

img_0851

When we visit them, they are just completing black currant harvest in early August.

img_0835

At “Stewart’s Aronia Acres” they are commercial growers of aronia. They trialed aronia in their shelterbelt before adding more shrubs. They chose varieties of the native aronia because plants may be more adapted to the region’s soils and climate.

img_0845

Jeff shows us aronia berries almost ready for harvest in August. See the article that tells about how they started with these plants, what is needed to grow them for home use and find out more about this commercial operation. They are also trialing other fruits. This is the link to their story that appeared in the Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper:

http://www.yankton.net/river_city/article_8494a22c-89e7-11e6-b125-bbd3b2cd2707.html

If you want to find out more about the Stewart’s, go to “Stewarts Aronia Acres” on Facebook.

Thanks for visiting our weekly Plant Exchange about plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. Besides other posts in the right column, please note articles are arranged by topic so you get several choices of possible interest. Thanks for all the “Likes” you send our way. Thanks to our loyal “Followers” who get a notice when we post something new.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s