SEGMENT: CROPS, WEATHER, & ENVIRONMENT

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SEGMENT: CROPS, WEATHER, & ENVIRONMENT,

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FAMILY
Left the hog business in 1968. Old house difficult to heat. Built house with family, family project.
CROPS
Contracted sweet corn and peas to Del Monte. Income was variable based on weather. This year Warren produced sweet corn and beans for Del Monte. Mentions government set-aside program. Tape break, Side 2.
MARKETING
Warren discusses the details of marketing his and his mother's corn.
WEATHER
Tells of the weather problems, moisture, and negative effects on the crops this current year.
AGRO-CHEMICALS
Warren comments on the necessity of them, the problems with them environmentally and health-wise. Discusses root worm with corn and dangerous chemicals, effects on water system and water life.
ENVIRONMENT
Comments on changing ecology, dependency on these techniques and chemicals. No more crop rotation means poorer soil, crops and air quality. Hay, corn, oats used to be the cover/rotation crops. Interesting comment on birdlife being affected by the lack of cover crops - even in Warren's own lifetime.
GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
Recalls a former Sec. of Agriculture, Earl Butz, and foreign policies that have changed. Government promoted efficiency & production.