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"But we had grasshoppers like you wouldn't believe. We'd mix that poison, you know, for them with banana oil and arsenic of lead, I think it was, and put it with bran, or some darn thing. After we'd get through mowing the hay, I would drive and my husband would sit on the trunk of the, we had a '28 Chevy. He'd sit there in the truck and spread that stuff out while I was going up and down in the car. And then we'd go out there, and my God, pretty soon you'd find dead grasshoppers everywhere. They were big! Oh, that was awful, too. Well, everybody had something.
     "You couldn't even see the sun because they were so thick in that air. Just thick! They would chew on anything and everything. But we would fix them with that arsenic of lead in that alfalfa field because you wanted to save that alfalfa, you know, because we wanted it to go to seed – the alfalfa plants to go to seed so we could harvest them, cause that alfalfa seed was expensive. So, we got along pretty good with that then afterwards."

Mildred Opitz on Poisoning Grasshoppers

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