AGRICULTURE: Bountiful Cycle

Despite prolonged drought on the Great Plains and a cold, wet spring elsewhere, the American farmer this year produced a record-tying crop—and once again left it to the Government to get rid of the surplus. Reported the Department of Agriculture last week: 1956 crop volume was 6% higher than the 1947-49 base, matching the records set last year and in 1948. Moreover, the crop was wrung from 14 million fewer acres than were in production in 1955. Explanation of the paradox: increased average yield per acre, reflecting increased use of fertilizers, farm machinery and better production methods.

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