A Blast From The Past:
In the September 1941 issue of Market Growers Journal (which later became American Vegetable Grower) the National Tube Company out of Pittsburg, PA, plugs its latest, cutting-edge technological development: “controlled rainfall.”
The add specifically touts that this type of irrigation was something “progressive” farmers across the country were doing, and seeing double or, in some cases, tripled yields as a result.
The company’s National Copper Steel Pipe promises to “resist the corrosive effects of alternate wetting and drying – and outlasts ordinary pipe to two three times at only a slightly extra cost.
Now if we could really control rainfall, that would be something.
Technology from more than 70 years ago was considered to be progressive, controlling rainfall.