From the July 1916 issue of The Southern Planter magazine
Drag Roads After Rains
Farmers living on sand-clay and dirt roads should take time after each rain to drag the road that runs along their property. This is done extensively in the northern states. It takes very little time for any person and yet the roads are kept in good shape.
The past winter has been exceptionally dry and the roads have been badly cut by traffic. When a rain comes this dust will wash out of the hole sand leave ruts in the road. If these are not fixed, the road will soon become impassable.