Agriculture in Post-Civil War Missouri
The first year after the war, the average price for good farm land was $20 per acre. Land less profitable was selling for $7 an acre.
Around 100,000 acres were in cultivation in the county, and everything from corn to potatoes was being grown. These were some of the average yields that were being harvested by Greene county farmers:
There were eighteen flour mills in the county and an implement factory in Springfield owned by Piper and Norberry who had their own patented plow.
Southwest Missouri was also considered prime sheep country. Many herders migrated out of Illinois after the war, bringing their flocks of merino sheep to Greene County. The following are the numbers of sheep that were reported to have moved into the county and the men who brought them:
It was estimated that 6,000 sheep were now grazing the prairies of Greene County and were expected to produce 25,000 pounds of wool.
Average yields in 1871 were as follows:
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