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Flower, David John,1939-
Survival and adaptation :an analysis of dryland farming in the 1940s and 1950s in southeast Alberta.
Ph. D. -- University of Alberta, 1997
Ottawa :National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada,[1998]
4 microfiches.
Includes bibliographical references.
The droughts of the 1920s and 1930s caused major problems for the dryland farmers in southeast Alberta. Many left the land during these periods. By the 1950s, for those who remained and succeeded in adapting to the conditions, mere survival was no longer a problem. Many had prospered. As a result of government intervention through aid programs, the reestablishment of the Canadian Wheat Board, and new technological and scientific improvements, many of which were hastened by the technological progress precipitated by the war effort, dryland farming changed from being subsistence farming into the beginnings of extensive family farming operations. This historical geographical study examines the reasons for the changes and pays particular attention to those who survived. Through detailed analysis of precipitation statistics and soils; through newspaper and local historical records; and through interviews and surveys the study provides an explanation of the transition of a specific area of dryland farming from the survival of the late 1930s to the development of the 1950s. The principal conclusions of the study are that the dramatic change that took place in the 1940s and 1950s in the dry farming region of southeast Alberta was stimulated by the stabilization of wheat prices, the advance of technology as a result of the war, the development of improved varieties of wheat and the perseverance and determination of the "survivors" to succeed.
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