THE NATION: The Good News

The miracle worked by sun, soil, rain and the hardworking U.S. farmer was almost awesome. For four years of war, despite woeful manpower shortages and the hazards of frost, drought, insects and disease, the nation's farms had produced bumper crops with machine-like regularity. Now, in defiance of the odds, the land was heavy with crops once more. They were so prodigally good that the U.S. would be able to go on feeding half a world and still provide bigger meals for the dining-room tables of its own wellfed people.

On the basis of conditions on Aug. 1, the Department of...