Hitson, Ed 1984-02-22

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Ed Hitson, former Hidalgo County agent, discusses the development of farming in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ed Hitson

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Date: February 22, 1984

Location: Lordsburg, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Ed Hitson, Fort Sumner, Bill Hitson father, Bell Hitson mother, Family history, Training as a county agent, Hidalgo County (1946), Farms, Hidalgo County New Mexico, Crops, Water supply, Wells (early 1960s), Alfalfa, Crop rotation, Dry land plots, Ted Tippet’s well, Wells (again), Drillers, Rapid growth (7-8 years), Drillers (again), Electrical power source, Natural gas supply, Hidalgo County (again), Cotton, Varieties, Harvesting methods, Bracero program, Mechanization, Acreage allotments.

Tape 1, Side 2: Cotton (again), Water allotment, Enforcement, Water levels, Recharge, Irrigation, Underground pipe, Tail water, Cotton farming (early 1950s-mid-1960s), Production drop-off, Rotation, Major developments, Corporate farming.

Range Dates: 1946-1984

Bulk Dates: 1946-1960s

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