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The speaker is a 20-year-old White man with a college education from Blue Cane, Arkansas; he was recorded in 1966.



County: Clay
State: AR

Commentary:
Agriculture has long been the local economy???s base in Blue Cane, a township in northeastern Arkansas. In this segment the speaker talks about the crops grown on his family???s farm, which are typical of the area: corn, cotton, hay, and soybeans.
Inf: It is located in northeast Arkansas, the far northeastern county, Clay County, at Rector. Uh, located seven miles southeast of Rector.

FW: Fine. And now what sort of crops do you-all raise on your farm?

Inf: We???re general farmers. We raise, uh, corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat, rye, uh, believe that???s all [crash in background], all of the, uh, crops we raise. We of course have pasture, and I also forgot, uh, we have hay. We raise a little hay to feed our stock.

FW: All right, well now, in the process of raising this, I can???t understand why you wouldn???t make more money to concentrate in one crop. Uh, have you-all found that you make more by diversifying your farming, or what?

Inf: Well, ways we uh, feel like that we???ve uh, uh, accomplished more by diversifying it, but, uh, the government has put so many, uh, standards, we, you know, can???t raise so much this, so much that, but, uh, I feel that we make as much, uh, as it is with the price supports and all the government gives us, that we, uh, with the diversified farming program, general farming, that we can make it. Uh, make as much money or more than we would otherwise, if we specialized in one certain thing.

FW: I see. Well now, uh, you mentioned some things that your family was doing with certain crops. Uh, last night we were talking and you said that with certain of the crops, they don???t sell ???em immediately.

Inf: Oh, yes. Uh, we store all of ours. We put them up through, like, uh, wheat. We put it through the summer. Wheat, here, is a winter wheat, grows in the winter, and spring. And we thresh it, put it in the bins, and, uh, it sells at a, at a lower price, of course, ???cause, ???cause the market is flooded at the time of harvesting, and then we, uh, sell it later when people wanna plant it, we sell it for seed.

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