HUSBANDRY: King Cotton's Curse

In the deep South last week, boll weevils began to stir for their attack upon the 1930 cotton crop. From ground cracks, from old cotton stalks, from patches of dead grass and weeds, the continental swarm of little quarter-inch beetles crawled out of hibernation to meet the warming sun, to twitch and test the long, sturdy snouts with which they will bore into billions of green cotton bolls this summer. Patient planters, breaking up their ground for the new crop, plowed legions of the pest back into the ground to destruction. But...

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