|(i) For the poorer farmers, machinery brought misery. Many of them deserted their farms and looked for jobs elsewhere.|
|(ii) But jobs were difficult to find. Mechanisation had reduced the need for labour.|
|(iii) The boom of the late 19th century seemed to have come to an end by the mid-1920s.|
|(iv) After that, most farmers faced trouble. Production had expanded so rapidly during the war and post-war years that there was a large surplus.|
|(v) Unsold stocks piled up, structures overflowed with grain and vast amounts of corn and wheat were turned into animal feed.|
|(vi) Wheat prices fell and export workers collapsed. This created the grounds for the great Agrarian Depression of the 1930s that ruined wheat farmers everywhere.|
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