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