Trouble on U.S.S.R.'s Socialized Farms
A Disastrously Poor Harvest last year gave the Soviet Union one more of communism's many farm failures. Now Moscow is forced to make bulk purchases of wheat from the capitalist West. Raised once again is the specter of severe food shortages in the future unless Premier Khrushchev's crash program to develop the chemical fertilizer industry brings Soviet agriculture out of the stagnation in which it has been mired much of the time for years.
Soviet farm problems make it more than ever prudent for the Kremlin to avoid exacerbating the cold war. It needs to cultivate improved relations with the West if it wants to make further grain purchases or obtain favorable credit terms for the planned purchase of entire chemical ...