National Affairs: 1929 Crops

If all U. S. farm products of 1929 were converted into cash, the resultant sum would pay off half the national debt or build four railroad systems the size of the Pennsylvania or run the City of New York without taxes for 14 years. Last week the Department of Agriculture compiled final estimates of crop values for the year. Significant figures:

Total crop value: $8,580,528,000, an increase of $84,740,000 over 1928. From 367,082,000 acres harvested, crop yields were 5% below last year's, due to widespread drought.

Grain crop values sagged from 4,008 million dollars in 1928 to 3,800 millions in 1929; cotton from...

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