In 1955 the first Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, N. S. Khrushchev, met with American farmer Roswell Garst, who spoke about the role of corn in US agriculture and its advantages. Subsequently, during a trip to the United States, I had the opportunity to personally get acquainted with the American culture of growing corn, which in terms of area of crops and yield was much ahead of the grain crops traditional for the USSR. In addition, corn provided valuable industrial raw materials, so it was decided to reorient the agriculture of the USSR on this crop. It was planned to triple the growth rate of cattle in the seven - year period 1959-1965 due to the expansion of corn crops .
Party delegates were sent to the north and east to promote culture. In 1957, the Soyuzmultfilm studio released an animated picture "Miracle Girl", which glorified corn as a universal product growing in any climatic conditions and used in all spheres of human activity.
By the early 1960s, a quarter of the arable land was occupied by corn, for which fallow floodplain lands were also plowed, which gave particularly valuable hay. But as a result of the campaign, corn yields turned out to be much lower than expected and by the mid-1960s, corn crops began to decline. After Khrushchev's resignation, the reduction of cornfields went even faster.