National Geographic : 1979 Jun
Passing in waves of barley, combines at the Rassvet farm contribute to the record Soviet grain harvest of 1978-235 million metric tons. The giant collective farm, Byelorussia's largest, sprawls over 9,000 hectares (22,000 acres). Byelorussia's climate reminded the 4-H'ers of the Dakotas; the Crimea suggested coastal California (left). "Compared to our farms, they're really food factories," says one American. "The workers all specialize. They work regular hours, then go home." By the dozens the group passed out American farm caps, worn here by a Soviet student (right)and a truck driver (far right), who lends unwitting support to a U. S. farmers' protest.