When Cartoonist Al Capp invented the Shmoo, an animal which enabled man to live without working, everybody thought it was merely a Cappital joke. But in New Mexico's rich Mesilla Valley last week, Farmer Deane Stahmann was running a Shmoo-like business which promised to revolutionize the agriculture of the valley. Farmer Stahmann was just the man to do it. He had inherited some land, and by leveling and irrigating more, transformed desert-like land into a 4,000-acre cotton farm. It helped make the Mesilla Valley one of the important U.S. cotton-producing areas. By pioneering with the planting of pecan...

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