Danielle de Faux (penguin2) wrote in little_details,
Danielle de Faux

Typical practices of an independent farmer in early 1960s Missouri

I'm working on a chapter in which an adolescent girl living on her family farm in early-'60s Missouri is mourning the death of her father and reminiscing about chores (and such) she used to watch him doing, or they used to do together. The farm was not small and was fairly profitable; was agriculturally mixed (grain and a small dairy herd); and her father would hire in seasonal workers. I also know that he was fairly old-fashioned, i.e. not averse to new methods and technologies but nonetheless happy to do many things after the manner of his Scottish immigrant ancestors.

One thing I particularly want to know: in that era and area, would an independent farmer normally fallow one of his main fields, or would he be more likely to rotate crops? Answers to that, and any other useful details for this subject, would be greatly appreciated. I've lived on and helped run several smallholds before, but not quite to that scale, not in the USA and not in that era :-)
Tags: usa (misc), ~agriculture

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