AGRICULTURE: The Numbers Game

At 7 o'clock one morning last week, seven sleepy-eyed members of the U.S. Crop Reporting Board trooped into a heavily guarded room in Washington's Department of Agriculture. The board sat down, for the first time this year, to the important task of estimating the nation's forthcoming cotton crop and updating the incomplete estimates on other crops. Just before 11 a.m., the big doors of the room swung open, and Chairman S. R. Newell strode across the hall to give newsmen the board's 1952 report. The news: The U.S. this year will have a near-record crop, probably surpassed in U.S....

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