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Master of Arts (MA)
Geography & Geographic Information Science
Wild rice is an annual aquatic grass which inhabits many of the shallow lakes and sluggish streams of northeastern North America and is especially abundant in Minnesota. The only source of chis grain in the past was the hand-harvesting of natural stands.
The development of cultivation and harvesting techniques for wild rice during the 1960's has resulted in mechanized endeavors proving economically successful. Extensive bogs and lowlands exist throughout northcentral Minnesota which couj.d be converted into wild rice paddies, thus utilizing acreage which might otherwise remain agriculturally idle.
Efteland, Jon N., "The Development of Mechanized Wild Rice Production in Minnesota" (1973). Theses and Dissertations. 3621.