American Notes: Harvest Moon

Last week's full moon was the harvest moon, round and rich as the nation's produce has been this year. Across the plains, wheat farmers threshed bumper crops. Potato growers from Maine to Idaho were unearthing what should be a record yield—about 314 million hundredweight for the year. The hops of Oregon's Willamette Valley are in the sacks. The agribusiness entrepreneurs of California's San Joaquin Valley have had another good year in cotton. The peaches of Comus, Md., have rarely been juicier. Helminthosporium maydis—the wind-borne spore of Southern corn blight—has appeared in...

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