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Farming on the Mother Road - 5
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:47 PM CDT

GEARY, Okla. (DTN) -- The red land of Oklahoma agriculture carries the true lore of Route 66 in its 350 miles along the Mother Road that opens up to the Southern Plains.

The Joad family from "Grapes of Wrath" was immortalized as the "Okies" who fled a Depression-era farmstead for life as migrant workers in California. Route 66 was the migrant road used for people to escape their poverty. The Joads were from Sallisaw in Steinbeck's fiction, about 90 miles south of Route 66. The days of mass migration out of the Plains appear gone, but Oklahoma farmers are trying ...

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