Newton, Hugh 1983-12-04

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Hugh Newton, Lubbock County cotton grower, discusses irrigated farming on the South Plains.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Hugh Newton

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: December 04, 1983

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born: West of Idalou, Texas (1914), To Lubbock, Texas (1927), Parents, M. C. and Lillian Newton, Family farm, Location, Crops raised, Cash crop, Harvesting cotton, Slide, Description, Quality, Water wells, Ditches, Depth, Well digging, Development, Purpose of irrigation, Use of concrete pipes in wells, Expense, Irrigation, Effects on crops, Comparison of crop yields, Dry land farming, Irrigated farming, Weather problems, Government interference, After post-World War II agricultural boom, Irrigation (again), Seagraves, Texas, High Plains Water District, Organization (c. 1954), Newton’s opinion, Decline in water, City wells (c. 1954), Adjustment in irrigation, Underground line, Newton’s farm (1954), Location, Irrigation wells, Bench levelling, Hancock, Description of farm, Crop yield, Onion crop, Acreage.

Tape 1, Side 2: Irrigation wells, Effect on value of farm land, Energy use, Natural gas, Electricity, Maintenance, Cost, Farming expenses, Irrigation, Energy, Equipment, Tractor, Government expenditures, Social services, Irrigation farming, Labor, Slide row, Pivot system, Cotton varieties raised, Grain, Amount grown, Newton sold out (1980), Gaines County, Texas, Banking, Oil, Irrigation farming, Co-ops manipulation of prices.

Range Dates: 1914-1983

Bulk Dates: 1940-1983

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