- from Pioneers
It was very hard work, but the pioneers did it. They turned the grassy plains into fields of grain.
Many of the farmers were from northern Europe. They came from cold countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Russia. These settlers shared the hard work of turning the rich but tough soil into farmland. High heat and summer droughts ruined corn crops. Subzero winter weather killed cows, pigs, and chickens. It also killed people.