FARMING: Of Time and the Weather

A month ago the apple growers, of central Washington faced disaster. Ideal weather in the vast, irrigated Wenatchee, Yakima and Upper Columbia River valleys had brought them their fifth biggest apple crop. With a minimum ceiling for growers ($2.75 a box as against the 1939 top of $1.25), this whopping crop would net them their biggest gross in history —$75,000,000.

But there were no apple pickers. Tons of prime Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesaps, Jonathans and Newtowns seemed doomed to rot on the ground, depriving the U.S. of one-quarter of the 1944 apple...

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