Science: More Castor Oil

In the scientific farm search for critical materials, castor beans will be a major U.S. crop in 1943, with 750,000 acres planted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture should have 4,000,000 Ib. of seed beans ready for distribution, harvested this year from 8,000 acres in eight states.

With this program U.S. castor oil production should top 150,000,000 Ib. in 1943, equal to the average pre-war annual importation, but not enough to meet increased needs.

Dehydrated castor oil is the best available substitute for tung oil, formerly imported from China for use in inks, paint, varnish, linoleum,...

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