AGRICULTURE: Miracle Crop

On Oklahoma's rolling wheatlands this spring, all signs pointed to a lean year. Stalks that normally would have been thigh-high were hardly more than stubble; some fields were so thin that farmers plowed them under. Experts forecast that Oklahoma, which harvested an elevator-busting 104 million bushels in 1947, would bring home this year only 74 million bushels.

Last week, as the combines clanked northward, farmers from the Red River to beyond the Cimarron reported a miracle. Instead of the forecast five or six bushels an acre, the marginal fields were yielding 16 and up. In the good fields, one farm...

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