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In 1870, Dane County had 239,232 acres devoted to wheat production. By 1890, the acreage had dropped to 24,990.
What farming practices became more popular with Wisconsin farmers beginning in the 1870's?
How does soil become exhausted?
What were other reasons (besides soil exhaustion, the chinch bug and bad weather) why farmers moved away from wheat?
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