Forkner, Roy 1983-06-24

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Mr. Forkner discusses the cotton industry on the Plains.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Roy Forkner

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Date: June 24, 1983

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Involvement in gin business, 1941, Irrigation, Sunshine Ranch well, Standards for new wells, Progressive attitude of farmers, Financing, Water depletion, Effect on Plains agriculture, Yield increase, Acreage returned to dry land, Fuel source, Natural gas line, Butane source, Cotton varieties used on South Plains, Half and half; Bill Summerhour, Qualities, Anecdote: purchasing seed for customers, Ginning, Storm proof cottons, Stripper cottons, Macha cotton, Lanka 57, Lockett cotton, late 1960s, Proliferation of varieties

Tape 1, Side 2: Proliferation of varieties (continued), Effect on area cotton industry, Acala cottons, Marketing, Bob Coker, Coker cottons, Resistance to single variety planting, Bracero program, Open end spinning, Effect on Plains cotton industry, Machine classing, Relationship of growers to textile mills, Plains Cotton Growers Association, Contributions, Boll Weevil, Legislation

Tape 2, Side 1: Plant Variety Protection Act, Non profitability, Joel Hembree and super cotton, Decline in cotton breeders, Hybrid cottons, Feasibility, Role of ginners in South Plains cotton industry, Cooperatives, Strength on South Plains, Growth, Independent gins, Water importation, Feasibility, Potential for change in crops, Post-War production increase, Contributing factors, Increase in irrigation cost

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1941-1983

Bulk Dates: 1941-1983

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