McLeroy, Edd 1974-05-08

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Edd McLeroy, Castro County banker, describes early farming in Terry County and his activity as a county agent in Floyd, Hale and Castro counties.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Edd McLeroy

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 08, 1974

Location: Dimmitt, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Moved to Terry County in 1921, Farming operations in Terry County described, Farm labor discussed, Practice of seed selection, Cultural practices, water conservation recalled, Land acquisition terms examined, 20% increase in land prices in 1919 and 1973 cited, Water supply system noted, Use of coal, cottonseed, sorghum for fuel mentioned, Farm cooperative activities, Sale of turkeys noted, Crop rotation examined, Discussion of water depletion, Combating insects recalled, Sale of peaches noted, Corn crop discussed, Objections to the tractor noted, Weed problem described, Inventory in 1939 given.

Tape 1, Side 2: Milo varieties discussed, Importance of county agent noted, Work as county agent in Floyd and Castro counties, 1949-53, discussed, Public demand for chemicals in 1953 mentioned, Farm program during Korean War related to Castro County growth, Vegetable farming discussed, Vegetable marketing characteristics cited, Corn production and other diversification in Castro County explored, Origin of corn starch mill given, Speculation on future cotton production, Farm program and hail insurance noted, Hail suppression program mentioned, Discussion of irrigation practices, Farm labor examined, Opposition to bracero program cited, Trends in land consolidation discussed, Agricultural types explored, Typical Castro County farm operations described, Attitude toward farm chemicals given.

Range Dates: 1919-1974

Bulk Dates: 1921-1974

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