Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Eddie Bernhardson
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bernhardson grew up in rural Clay and Norman counties in Minnesota. He graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, with a major in animal science and vocational agriculture. Following two years in the armed services, he returned to Norman County, where he farmed in partnership with his father and brothers. In 1962, he left farming to become assistant agent for the Clay County extension service, where he directed 4 H, youth, and agricultural programs. In 1975, he was named to his present position as Clay County agricultural agent. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The Clay County extension office organization and responsibilities; the topography and soil composition of Clay County; Lake Agassiz; the effect of soil composition on the production of potatoes and sugarbeets; harvest and storage methods for potatoes; growth of sugarbeet production from the 1920s to the present; sugarbeet processing plants in Minnesota and North Dakota and the formation of sugarbeet cooperatives; using crop rotation to preserve soil moisture and its effect on sugarbeets, grass, and small grain crops; nitrogen usage on sugarbeet acreage; the beneficial use of phosphate and other chemical fertilizers and pesticides in maintaining profitable agriculture production; the 1988 drought; and the impact of the extension service education program on farming methods, crop, and livestock production in Clay County.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
9 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Bernhardson, Eddie
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 02/24/1989
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.3
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'

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