HUSBANDRY: Heat &. Wheat

Last week it was 110° in the wheat fields of Kansas and Iowa. Politically it was even hotter as wheat prices slumped to the lowest level in 17 years, 60¢ per bu. locally, 86¢ at Chicago. To escape a brassy sun harvesters worked by moonlight. By day, horses heaved and died by the score. The grain turned white, the ground cracked open. But the threat of a burned crop and reduced production was not sufficient to revive wilting prices.

Into this Midwest oven last week went Secretary of Agriculture...

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