Baird, F Charles 1975-05-13

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F. Charles Baird discusses his work with the Soil Conservation Service in Big Spring.

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Interviewee Name: F. Charles Baird

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Date: May 13, 1975

Location: Big Spring, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Personal background, Graduated from Texas Tech in 1965, Influenced by Dr. Willie Ulich and Marvin Dvoracek, Began to work for Soil Conservation Service, Problems of working in Laredo, Updating irrigation systems, Transferred to Big Spring, Explanation of government cost sharing program, Description of starting conservation program, Working territory outlined, Diverse land types, Problems with declining water table, Advantage of using collector tank system of irrigation, Steps taken to deter wind erosion, Pre-plant irrigation explained, Use of sand fighter, Converting sand hills to crop land, Prevention of wind erosion, Terraces as conservation technique

Tape 1, Side 2: Trends in farming, Increase in farm size, Center pivot irrigation system, Cannot store water in pit reservoir, Growing sunflowers, minimum tillage farming, Effect of better educated farmers, More cooperative in trying new ideas, District leaders of soil conservation praised, Future of South Plains area, Drip irrigation

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