Industrializing the Corn Belt: Agriculture, Technology, and Environment, 1945-1972
Northern Illinois University Press, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 238 pages
From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, farmers in the Corn Belt transformed their region into a new, industrial powerhouse of large-scale production, mechanization, specialization, and efficiency. Many farm experts and implement manufacturers had urged farmers in this direction for decades, but it was the persistent labor shortage and cost-price squeeze following WWII that prompted farmers to pave the way to industrializing agriculture. Anderson examines the changes in Iowa, a representative state of the Corn Belt, in order to explore why farmers adopted particular technologies and how, over time, they integrated new tools and techniques.
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A really solid, brief work about the transformation of midwestern farming after WWII, though reading about pesticides, herbicides, & fertilizer for even 100 pages isn't the most scintillating reading no matter how well done.