SEGMENT: TRAVEL, CROPS, & NON-FARM WORK
Warren Scholl>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 18
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- "Beans, corn and Florida" Reflects on prices under Carter & how better prices allowed for more vacations. As people got out of livestock business, the work load decreased, vacations were more possible. Neighbors would help with chores so people could get away. Description of provisions for pigs during family trip to Yellowstone.
- Discusses corn rows, placement, spacing, fertilizers, insecticides, weather. "Squeezing corn rows into 30's." Talks through hybrid corn, what it needs, what it yields, how long hybrid seeds have been around. Warren tells how positively hybrid seeds affected his dad, what a technological breakthrough that was.
- FARM BUSINESS
- Warren dropped the percentage of his operation while his dad went for social security. Talks about hiring out to Del Monte, working on peas.
- NON-FARM WORK
- Also talks about supplemental carpentry work. Then when there was no livestock, he could do more carpentry work. Down to 2 months of farming work a year, emblematic of efficiency in farming. Guesses at percentage of his income from each aspect of employment, concludes it was variable, but farming produced more. The second income helped with Social Security.
- Warren's wife worked off-farm to help support the kids in school, at GE factory, DeKalb Ag, & at local university. Kids went through school & got out on their own.
- Warren talks about the houses, helping his parents build one, efficiency of solar energy.