Science: Picker Problems

A blazing sun beat down one day last week on the Mississippi delta cotton fields as hundreds of white-shirted, straw-hatted plantation owners, managers, ginners, dealers, bankers, scientists and Government men thronged to a private farm designated by the Delta Experiment Station at Stoneville. For many a month they had heard and talked a great deal about the cotton-picking machine invented by John Daniel Rust and his brother Mack

(TIME, April 22, 1935). Last week, guzzling Coca-Cola by the barrel in a quivering, dust-laden haze, they witnessed the first public demonstration of the...

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