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Vast vegetable tracts like this one near Homestead, Fla , are protected from insect damage by
dusting from airplanes. No other method could cover such extensive plantings. Workmen cultivating o field of tomatoes near Pompano, Flo. Hard-surfaced highways skirt the trucking areas to facilitate the movement of crops to packing houses, rail line, or direct shipment to the North by truck. Once under water was this stretch of Everglades garden. For crops it is virgin rich. One of the canals by which the area now is drained runs between the tract and the bordering high way. Pocking plants represent a large investment in the Florida trucking industry. Tomatoes, potatoes and beans ^are some of the vegetables prepared for shipping in this typical plant at Wide World Photos. Florida Reaps Bumper Victory Crop' X/ITAMIN-PACKED fresh green food is rolling up from the Notion's winter vegetable garden in record bulk V these days to fortify the health and energy of America fighting the battle of freedom And of Florida's bumper truck crop this winter, setting a new high in yield and acreage, there's enough left over to fill millions of cons for consumption of the civilian population and armed forces of this country and its Allies The picture above shows a great crop of celery on a tract typical of the rich reclaimed Everglades land in Florida's deep south, where the State's most extensive truck gardening is carried on. While frost and snow blanket the North—the harvest reaches its peak in Florida. Here is celery being crated in the field for the Northern market The fields are so large that tractor-drawn trucks are used to haul the crated celery direct from the field to cooling plants before loading for shipment. Packing plants in the Florida truck country operate by the most modern method and equipment. In this packing house tomatoes, of which Florida grows almost the entire winter crop of the country, are being sorted and graded, with most of the work being done by machinery.