Lead: It can grow a hundred feet in the summer. It is the subject of poetry and song. It can been seen all over the southland billowing out of fields onto highways, an advancing tide of near unstoppable abundance. Kudzu covers Dixie like the dew.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Kudzu originated in the orient and was brought to the United States by the Japanese as an ornamental plant in their exhibition at the Philadelphia Centennial Celebration in 1876. It was taken south where its thick mat of vegetation provided welcome relief from the summer heat on countless southern porches. About 1900 C.E. Pleas a farmer in Chipley, Florida was discouraged with the poor growth of kudzu near the house, so he pulled it up and threw it on a pile of trash in the backyard. Two years later that dismissed little kudzu plant had covered his trash heap and nearly half the farm. Then his chickens began eating it, and the cows and goats too. Tests showed that Kudzu sent its roots after water seven feet into the soil, aerating it, and because it was a legume, restoring nitrogen in the process.

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