Foster, Arthur J 1984-06-01

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Mr. Foster, a Texas Tech graduate, discusses his career in the cotton delinting industry, changes that have occurred within the industry, and the federal regulations now affecting the industry.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Arthur J. Foster

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Date: June 1, 1984

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Arthur J. Foster, b: Hutchinson, Kansas (1918), Mother's death, Raised by an aunt and uncle, To Texas Tech (1935), Graduation (1939), To Lubbock, Texas (1942), Occupation, Texas Tech, Cotton seed delinting (1944), Plant purchase (1944), Problems, Equipment failures, Lack of control, Boll Weevil control measures, Trial and error, Dry gas delinting, Origin of process, Process, Use of preheater, Plains Seed and Delinting Company, Lubbock, Texas, Storm-proof Cotton, Discovery, H. A. Macha, Cotton Stripping, Problems, Delinting (1951)

Tape 1, Side 2: Delinting (continued), Acceptance, Cotton breeders, Plant varieties, Legislation, Lawsuits, Breeders' seed sales, Title Five Seed, Legislation, Variety, Select seeds, Delinting (again), Cotton breeders (again)

Tape 2, Side 1: Cotton (again), Varieties, Certification agencies, Irrigation, Changes, Cotton seed, Source, Germination problems, Problem varieties, Contract growing, Supply, Acreage, Location, Cotton seed business, Farmer, Cotton breeders (again), Farmers' knowledge, Relationship between cotton breeders and farmers, Delinting (again), Wet acid method (early 1950s), Shallowater, Process

Tape 2, Side 2: Wet acid method (continued), Pollution, Market growth, Reasons, Transition to delinted seed (1955-1960), Sale of seed, Marketing needs, Advertising, Seed treatments, Ceresan, Panagen, Current treatments, Seed delinting (again), Changes, Service aspects, Pricing

Range Dates: 1918-1984

Bulk Dates: 1944-1960s


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