FOOD: Unpatriotic Wheat

A full-dress patriotic campaign to keep farmers from'planting even the legal acreage of wheat was launched last week by Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard. He was too tactful to say that war has turned the 55,000,000-acre minimum allotment fixed by law into a white elephant (TIME, June 22), but what he did say was nonetheless plain English.

"In order to make his best contribution," said he, "every farmer should divert as much wheat land as practicable to crops more urgently needed . . . soybeans, flax and various feed crops." He told them that storing the colossal wheat surplus (tying...