Major economic influences, known to be affecting farming generally throughout the United states, are forcing the adoption of cost-reduction methods in dry-farming practice in Utah.
The methods of cost reduction that are being adopted include (a) cultural methods involving the control of weeds, preparation of the seedbed, the treatment of seed for the control of smut, and the use of superior strains or varieties of wheat, all of which are expected to reduce the cost per bushel by increasing the acre-yield; and (b) the more economical use of labor and equipment on the area farmed. The area farmed may be unchanged in size or it may be larger than formerly. Again, with no changes in ownership, the area farmed may now be opera ted by a second party who is better equipped than the owner to operate economically. In such cases, farms are either leased by the operators or the operators are employed by the owners on a custom basis.
It is with the more direct methods of cost reduction that the present study is concerned, that is, the more economical uses of labor and equipment. Less direct methods, being primarily agronomic, are considered herein only incidentally in connection with economic aspects.
Cardon, P. V., "Bulletin No. 215 - Cost Reduction in Dry-Farming in Utah" (1930). UAES Bulletins. Paper 173.