The Mechanization of American Agriculture

Archive Report

Unofficial estimates of the total labor supply required for harvesting throughout the western wheat area indicate that 80,000 to 90,000 fewer men will be needed this season than were ordinarily employed a few years ago to bring in the wheat harvest. In 1924 the United States Employment Service directed 53,923 men to the harvest fields to assist in meeting the peak demand for seasonal farm labor. In 1926, with a wheat crop of approximately the same size, the number of men provided dropped to 33,227 a reduction of more than 35 per cent and a further notable reduction in the demand for outside itinerant farm workers is anticipated this year. The steady decline in harvest labor requirements that has been in evidence during the ...

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