Sneed, Horace 1984-10-18

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Horace Sneed, early resident of the High Plains, reminisces about his life as a cotton and wheat grower, along with comparisons of irrigation with dry land farming.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Horace Sneed

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 18, 1984

Location: Stratford, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Horace Sneed, Born: June 7, 1916, in Eastland County, Texas, Parents, Background, To Texas (1914), Cotton farmers, Farm activities, Team animals, Breaking and land, "riding" disk, Mechanization (1937), Two-row equipment, To Lubbock County (1937), Reasons, Location, Dry land farming, Crops, Cotton, Varieties, Cotton (again), Harvesting technique, Dairy operation, Eastland County (again), "Laying by" (meaning), Cotton (again), Picking vs. snapping, Labor, Cotton (again), Lubbock County (1937, again), Sneed (again), Returning to farming (1953), Financing of a section near Kress, Texas, To Stratford, Texas (1957), Farming (again), Equipment, Fuel source, Irrigation process, Open ditch, Row water, Turning the water, Crops, Cotton, Castor beans, Maize, Cotton (again), Harvest, Hand labor (braceros), Labor association, Labor, Housing, Migrant workers.

Tape 1, Side 2: Irrigation, Stratford, Sherman County, Comparison with Kress, Natural gas, Comparison with Kress (again), Underground systems, Government assistance, Reasons for, Crops, Milo, Hybrids, Market, Breeding, Water consumption, Wheat, Yields, Seed varieties, Fertilizer, Marketing, Grain elevators, When constructed, Cooperatives, Efficiency, Corn.

Tape 2, Side 1: Corn, Reasons for discontinuing (1966-1967), Water requirements, Advantages and disadvantages, Seed suppliers, Feedlot industry, Water District, Organization, Reasons, Major contributions, Salt water control, Oil companies, Water waste controls, Tailwater pits, Water levels in Sherman County, Texas, Prospect for switching to dry land farming, Production declines, Irrigation (again), Failure, Reasons, Impact on population, Producers Grain Corporation, Farming (again), Changes (again), Cost, Mechanical equipment (again), Repair cost, Harvest.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1916-1984

Bulk Dates: 1937-1984

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