Business & Finance: Boll Weevil's Ravages

Before the appearance of the boll weevil, the American cotton crop had reached 16,000,000 bales in one season. The demand for cotton has been good for the past two years, but so serious have been the inroads upon the cotton plant by the insect pest, that including the present year, there have been short crops for three years running. Slack demand and low prices can account in part for the small 8,000,000-bale crop of 1921; and to a much lesser extent for the 9,000,000-bale crop of 1922. During the past year, however, the danger...

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