Hudgens, Karl D 1985-02-15

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Karl Hudgens discusses his 35 years experience farming in the Animus Valley of New Mexico.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Karl D. Hudgens

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Date: February 15, 1985

Location: Deming, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Reasons for moving to Animus Valley, Children, Sentiment, Water, First irrigation well in valley, Purchase of land in valley, Water wells, Location of property, Wells (again), Water table, Water quality, Depth, Fuel cost, Retirement, Social security, Wells (again), Equipment used, Dale King, Karl Hudgens, Fuel (again), Early reception of new residents, Changes, Mormon settlers, Amenities, Heating, Telephone, Financing of farming operations.

Tape 1, Side 2: Water (again), Depletion, Cost of irrigation, Quality of agrarian life, Clearing of land, Volcanic ash in top soil, Mixing for porosity, Changes, Irrigation technique, Reservoir or "tank", Concrete ditch, Dirt ditch, Underground pipeline, Purchase of engines, Sale of land, Cotton, Bracero program, Cooperative warehouse, Onions, Beans, Fertilizer, Sale, Problems, Delinted cotton seed, Early use (1951-52).

Tape 2, Side 1: Delinted cotton seed (continued), Source of seed, Cost, Ed Henson, County Agent, First Agent, Ward, Dealings with Hudgens, Learning the area, Crops raised, Cotton varieties, Sugar beets, Safflower, Cotton allotments, Field grains, Use of residue, Livestock, Ranching.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1948-1985

Bulk Dates: 1948-1985

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