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Holly shit, I didn't know that one. But there's more:

"Crop experiments

(...) Many of these were based on the ideas of now discredited Soviet agronomist Trofim Lysenko  and his followers. The policies included close cropping, whereby seeds were sown far more densely than normal on the incorrect assumption that seeds of the same class would not compete with each other. Deep plowing (up to 2 m deep) was encouraged on the mistaken belief that this would yield plants with extra large root systems."

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