National Geographic : 1951 Jun
North to Pocatello, Idaho, I flew over moun tains covered with geometrically patterned wheat fields.* Some were oval and appeared from the air like rush door mats laid over the irregular slopes. Others were rectangular with sharp corners and straight lines. The oval fields belong to wheat growers who practice what is called "cross-the-slope farming." This type of cultivation is used in areas where terrain is too cut up with ridges to permit following exact contours. The rectangular fields are cultivated and planted with little or no regard for modern soil conservation methods. Between Pocatello and Idaho Falls, on the broad, flat plains of the Snake River, spread the lavas. These grotesque outcroppings ap pear as if they might have been molten but a few days ago. They reminded me of choco late fudge spilled and burnt on my mother's cook stove. Every seat of our DC-3 was occupied when * See "Idaho Made the Desert Bloom," by D. Worth Clark, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, June, 1944.