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Description: Explains that in 1939, much farm land was derelict, farmers had been in retreat for 20 years, workers had left land. Necessary for England to produce more food, reclaim land, increase yield per acre: pride returns. County War Agricultural Committee: demonstrations and seminars teach new methods, scientific analysis helps improve soil. High degree of mechanisation attained through cooperation and sharing machinery. 1942 - scenes of fields of grain, Land girls harvesting. A wet August makes the harvest a gamble - shortage of labour. Children, townspeople help during free time. Forces do 'fatigues' on farms, US Army "farmers' sons" help out. Triumph of voluntary cooperation. Views of: children's camp; manual and mechanical harvesting; rick-building, ploughing, harrowing. Panoramic views of corn, cut and uncut, stacks and ricks, caterpillar tractor, seed drills and fertiliser spreading.
Production Details: Ministry of Agriculture (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Paul Rotha Productions (Production company)
Anstey, Edgar (Production individual)
Chambers, Jack (Production individual)
Street, A G (Production individual)
Chagrin, Francis (Production individual)
Warner, Rex (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: agriculture, British - arable (object name)
economics, British national - employment: landgirls (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 641 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Remarks: made up of stock-shots, many from NEW ACRES etc. Undistinguished.