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What are some problems that farming on the Great Plains presented to settlers?

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kristenmarieb... | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM via web

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What are some problems that farming on the Great Plains presented to settlers?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM (Answer #1)

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There were many problems faced by farmers on the Great Plains during the 1800s.  

Perhaps the most important of these was the fact that the Great Plains were simply not that easy to farm using the technology that was then available.  Rain was not very consistent.  There were things like locust swarms.  Even the ground was hard to plow because of how thick the roots of the prairie grasses were.  

A second set of problems was connected to the fact that the Great Plains were far from the populated areas.  There was very little wood on the Great Plains and it was hard to get any from the East.  This meant people had to do things like living in sod houses.  They had to do without much fuel and without many kinds of foods that were available in the East.

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