This photograph was taken in 1897 in Kyrgyzstan during one of Professor N. E. Hansen’s trips abroad. Kyrgyzstan is on the western Chinese border and north of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Professor N. E. Hansen, USDA Plant Explorer and SDSU professor of horticulture, traveled the world looking for hardy plants that he could adapt for the Northern Great Plains. Here the Kyrgyz farmers are harrowing using camels to pull the harrows.
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