The Alternatives to the Virgin Lands

  • Martin McCauley
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


The rapid expansion of the sown area after 1953 showed that Khrushchev had little faith in the agricultural policy of the XIX Party Congress. Malenkov placed raising of yields on the existing cultivated area among the main tasks confronting Soviet agriculture. Khrushchev overturned this and it was only towards the end of his period in office that he officially acknowledged that the longterm solution to the problems confronting those in farming lay in intensifying agriculture. Extending the sown area was only a shortterm solution.


Perennial Grass Mineral Fertiliser Wind Erosion Leningrad Oblast Fodder Crop 
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    D. N. Pryanishnikov, the leading champion of mineral fertilisers, died in 1948. In the same year the travopole, system received a boost from the party. Malenkov’s views on agricultural development in 1953 were directly influenced by those of Pryanishnikov.Google Scholar
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    P. M. Zemsky, Razvitie i razmeshchenie zemledeliya po prirodno-khozyaistvennym raionam SSSR, (Moscow, 1959).Google Scholar
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    H. E. Walters and R. W. Judy, ‘Soviet Agricultural Output by 1970’, in J. F. Karcz (ed.), Soviet and East European Agriculture, (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1967) p. 312, n.9.Google Scholar

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