December 16, 1933 - Article - Washington Miscellany, by Garet Garrett

How do we destroy a quarter of our cotton crop? Suddenly, after it has got to growing, in a big way, or precisely in the way we should - and once did - build a great motor plant, equip it, make roads to it, advertise the product and see the finished motor cars rolling off the assembly line - all within 200 days from the hour of breaking ground in a Michigan cornfield.

The same genius acting, the same intense, unreflecting preoccupation with the thing to be engineered, and maybe no reflection at all as to the need or rationality of doing it.

Cotton was one of the AAA jobs. The Agricultural Adjustment Act was passed in May. Before the Agricultural Adjustment Administration could get into action, the 1933 cotton crop was already planted and growing up. The idea - that is, the thing to be accomplished - was to get ten million acres of it plowed up.

Practically the only difficulty, and one that nobody could have foreseen, was with the one-plow mule in the cotton fields of the old South. Trained for only productive plowing, it took a lot of beating to give him the idea of destructive plowing and hold him to the wrong line. In the new cotton country of Texas and Oklahoma where they use tractors, there was no such trouble. (pp. 14-15)

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