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Dust In The Wind: Dust Bowl Conditions Have Returned To Kansas, Oklahoma And North Texas

Dust BowlIn early 1978, a song entitled “Dust in the Wind” by a rock band known as Kansas shot up the Billboard charts.  When Kerry Livgren penned those now famous lyrics, he probably never imagined that Dust Bowl conditions would return to his home state just a few short decades later.  Sadly, that is precisely what is happening.  When American explorers first traveled through north Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, they referred to it as “the Great American Desert” and they doubted that anyone would ever be able to farm it.  But as history has shown, when that area gets plenty of precipitation the farming is actually quite good.  Unfortunately, the region is now in the midst of a devastating multi-year drought which never seems to end.  Right now, 56 percent of Texas, 64 percent of Oklahoma and 80 percent of Kansas are experiencing “severe drought”, and the long range forecast for this upcoming summer is not good.  In fact, some areas in the region are already drier than they were during the worst times of the 1930s.  And the relentless high winds that are plaguing that area of the country are kicking up some hellacious dust storms.  For example, some parts of Kansas experienced a two day dust storm last month.  And Lubbock, Texas was hit be a three day dust storm last month.  We are witnessing things that we have not seen since the depths of the Dust Bowl days, and unless the region starts getting a serious amount of rain, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get any better.

Over the past two months, very high winds and bone dry conditions have made the lives of ordinary farmers in the state of Kansas extraordinarily difficult.  Just check out the following excerpt from a recent article posted on Agriculture.com

The dust has settled, but for how long no one can be sure. At any moment, the winds may blow, moving the topsoil — soil that took Mother Nature generations to craft — even farther from its origin.

One farmer reckons that precious topsoil, native to his farm in Kearny County, Kansas, now sits in a field at least 200 miles away, blown there by the relentless winds of March and April 2014.

Affecting counties in western Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, and eastern Colorado, it was reminiscent of what folks in the same region faced 80 years ago.

“There were several days we couldn’t see 100 yards in front of us,” says Tom Hauser, a farmer near Ulysses, Kansas. “We didn’t know where the dust was coming from. It was moving in here from somewhere else, just like it did back in the 1930s.

When heavy winds blow day after day but there is no rain, it creates ideal conditions for dust storms.  According to the same article that I just mentioned, the average wind speed in the little community of Syracuse, Kansas has been over 50 miles an hour so far this year…

Since the beginning of 2014, the average maximum daily wind speed in Syracuse, Kansas, is 50.6 miles per hour, according to the Kansas State University Weather Data Library. In that same time, Syracuse has received just 1 inch of total precipitation.

That is a recipe for disaster.

“I’ve had to chisel more ground this year than the last 20 years put together,” says Gary Millershaski, who farms near Lakin in Kearny County. Chiseling the ground roughs it up, and helps prevent soil from blowing – at least for a little while.

I couldn’t imagine living somewhere with such high winds day after day.

But this is what farmers in the High Plains have to deal with on a constant basis.

And needless to say, when things are this dry those kinds of winds can kick up some immense dust storms.  In fact, a dust storm in late April was so large that it covered most of the region…

Monday’s dust storm was so large it covered most of Kansas, western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and eastern Colorado, said weather service meteorologist Jeff Hutton in Dodge City. Tuesday’s dust cloud was more localized, only found in some parts of Kansas.

“That is what happens when you get drought, a lack of vegetation and you have wind,” Hutton said. “I mean, that is just the nature of the High Plains. And then that dirt that was lofted is eventually carried into eastern Kansas.”

When one of these dust storms strikes, you want to get indoors and stay there.  It isn’t even safe to be driving.  When you can’t even see five feet in front of you, the odds of getting into a fatal accident rise exponentially.  Just check out what happened earlier this year near the little town of Liberal, Kansas

At least 12 vehicles were involved in an pileup accident near Liberal, Kansas.

The accident happened around 1:40 p.m., nine miles southwest of Liberal. It appears that blowing dust limited visibility so severely that it cause vehicles to not see each other until it was too late and they collided. One report states that visibility was less than five feet.

According to Chief Anthony Adams of the Tyrone Fire Department in Oklahoma, six of the vehicles involved were cars and trucks, the other six were tractor trailers.

As bad as things are in Kansas right now, the truth is that things are probably even worse down in Texas.  Amarillo has had 10 dust storms so far this year, and Lubbock has already had 15 days of dust storms in 2014…

The number of dust storms seems to rise with the length of the drought. Amarillo has had 10 this year; it had none in 2010. The city is about 10 percent drier now than the 42 months that ended April 30, 1936, and drier than the state’s record drought in the 1950s.

Lubbock already has seen 15 days with dust storms this year, the National Weather Service said.

And remember, we haven’t even gotten to the summer months yet.

As conditions get even worse in the heartland of America, it is going to end up deeply affecting all of us.  The farmers and ranchers that live there provide a tremendous amount of food for the rest of the country, and food prices are already starting to rise at an alarming pace.

So what is going to happen if this drought extends for several more years or even longer?

Some experts such as paleoclimatologist Edward Cook have suggested that we could be in the midst of a “megadrought” that could last for decades or even centuries.

Many of those that were convinced that we could never see a return of the Dust Bowl days are now being forced to reevaluate their beliefs.  According to the National Weather Service, parts of Kansas, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma are already drier than they were in the 1930s.  The following is an excerpt from a recent National Geographic article entitled “Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland“…

Four years into a mean, hot drought that shows no sign of relenting, a new Dust Bowl is indeed engulfing the same region that was the geographic heart of the original. The undulating frontier where Kansas, Colorado, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma converge is as dry as toast. The National Weather Service, measuring rain over 42 months, reports that parts of all five states have had less rain than what fell during a similar period in the 1930s.

It is hard to put into words how incredibly serious this all is.

A few years ago, when I wrote articles with titles such as “20 Signs That Dust Bowl Conditions Will Soon Return To The Heartland Of America“, a lot of people laughed.

Not that many people are laughing now.

The truth is that we are now in the midst of the worst drought crisis since the days of the Great Depression.

Fortunately, over the past week or so there has been some rain in some of the hardest hit areas.  Let us hope that this is a sign of better things to come.

Because if this drought does not come to an end, it is going to become much, much more expensive for Americans to feed their families.

And considering the fact that 49 million Americans are already facing food insecurity, that is a threat that should not be taken lightly.

  • Rodster

    I also read that GMO based crops have hurt the soil as the pesticides and herbicides hurt the top soil and the only way you can grow any food is to use GMO based seeds. That’s how badly damaged the soil is.

    • Steven Croix

      Our fellow americans don’t care regarding GMOs.

      • Priszilla

        They are GMOs.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Let’s hope we don’t see a return of the early and mid 1930’s, when there were “rollers” (dust storms) that blew fertile topsoil from the Plains, all the way to the East Coast. Unfortunately, we may very well be headed in that direction. History repeating itself…

  • K

    We farm, what was once desert. We build cities in places that are still desert. We declare we are Man, we can overcome such things with our technology. Yeah, not so much.

    • Syrin

      Have you ever seen the Sam Kinison bit on how to end starvation in Africa? It covers this very topic.

      • Mike Smithy

        Yes indeed. Funny stuff. We need more U-Haul trailers.

        • alan

          Every time I hear something about Africa U-haul trailers pop in my head. Too funny!

      • old fart

        it is called death.

        • StefanaRapsondeu

          just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
          didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
          there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
          about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
          bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

  • Mondobeyondo

    Another “Kansas” song reference:

    “How long… how long…
    How long to the point of no return”…

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I like it!

      Kansas was a great band.

      And Kerry Livgren went on to do some great stuff later in his career as well.

      Michael

      • Mondobeyondo

        A very underrated band, to be sure.

  • Bill

    Why don’t grain prices reflect this?

    • Mondobeyondo

      I’m just speculating here, but perhaps because of a surplus of winter wheat…?

      We’ll be feeling it soon enough though.

      • Captain Canuck

        In Canada there was a bumper crop last year and there is actually a glut of grain sitting in silos. The railways have allotted the majority of their transport cars to oil companies and farmers have watched their wheat literally go nowhere.

      • Bill

        Could it be those little stat eaters that have been feeding on the unemployment numbers?

      • Yahno

        actually if you look up wheat…it is expected to be impacted too because of the fact the cold weather (which was according to Irina, brought to you by GLOBAL WARMING!…typical democrats..warm is cold…up is down, ya know.) prevented sowing of the wheat in many states.

    • K2

      Grain prices depend a lot of speculation that goes on food futures markets.

      • Bill

        Speculation used to be done by a baker who would anticipate his flour or wheat needs a few months forward trying to keep his costs as consistent as possible. These days I’m afraid commodity prices might be more reflective of the large trades of the big dogs who are manipulating the markets for their greedy advantage. The defining word here is intention just as in debating capitalism, socialism, and communism.

        • K2

          Thats what i meant…speculation in commodity futures markets. I said the same thing on another article a couple of weeks back.

  • Tim

    It’s uncanny how the weather conditions in that part of the country and the economic condition of the country as a whole are so similar to those of the 1930s. There’s a film called The Grapes of Wrath which is based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. It’s tells of the story of a family in Oklahoma who loses their farm during the Great Depression and end up traveling to California in search of work.

    • Zenithon

      This time around, they will not make it to California before running into the hoards of California businesses heading east out of that state.

    • Tim

      I should get a Disqus account so that I can edit my posts. Man, I just read my comment, and I’m embarrassed because of the typos. :-)

  • Mike Smithy

    I don’t know what Michael is talking about. Here in northeastern Kansas, I have never seen so much green lush vegitation. Our current rainfall is well above average.

    • Yahno

      yeah, my kid lives in Kansas…and they keep hearing western Kansas as drought.

      The only dust bowl where I live occurs when I open my wallet and hear the wind howling, then comes the dust devil, leaving behind nothing but an empty echo.

    • K2

      The problem is such that rainfall is becoming more and concentrated in fewer areas while decreasing in many areas, all over the world year after year.

      And then suddenly it falls so much after decreasing for years, that it reaches and smashes previous records. Rainfall is becoming highly unpredicatble in frequency, quantiity, geography and duration.

      • Priszilla

        And in addition, the flood is washing away more top soil.

        • K2

          Yep.

  • Captain Canuck

    Large operation strip farming is over for so many reasons.

    The farmers that will thrive in the 21st Century will adopt older methods to become successful.

    No-till, organic, bio-dynamic…these were the ways of the past and must become the ways of the future.

    Corporate chemicals and fertilizers not only scorch the land, but hold farmers hostage financially.

    Joel Salitin had a great quote, “the number one thing we grow on our farm is soil.”

    • Rodster

      GMO crops have badly hurt the soil. I read that nothing will grow on GMO soil but GMO seeds. It’s tragic how we keep boxing ourselves in with agribusiness.

    • grumpyhillbilly

      No till is very much part of GMO farming. I know the USDA is pushing no till, since Monsanto is one of the major masters. You gotta let go this team Democrat/liberal/left thing. They are owned by the oligarchs more so than the loser right. GW is about getting what’s left of the middle class into serfdom. The climates been changing since the beginning of time.

  • Irina

    The Republicans have their head in the sand. Global warming is occurring. As the years past by weather conditions are projected to become more extreme. Serbia has seen its worst flooding in 120 years. Over 3/4ths of California is in drought.
    Republicans are all about maximizing profits and protecting the elite. They do not care that our environment has been desecrated.
    It is projected that all the rainforests may be gone in 50 years. Many cities in China have air that is 20-40 times more polluted than acceptable WHO standards. If you want to see climate change just observe all the Chinese wearing protective masks. But hey Republicans there are no climate issues. The climate is doing fine. Who cares that 20% of Chinese arable land is so polluted it cannot be farmed?
    By 2030 due to a depletion of resources its is projected that half of the world’s population will face water shortages. It is projected demand will exceed water supply by 40%
    Fukushima is an unmitigated disaster as well. TEPCO is covering up the disaster. All in an attempt to protect the company and maximize profits.
    The right wing does not hold people accountable for their actions. When Superstorm Sandy struck in October 2012 Republicans voted against 177-55 against giving aid to the storm victims. The GOP does not care about the middle class or about people who are suffering.

    • Rodster

      There are Republicans in China? Wow, I never knew that.

      • WhataCrock!@Irina

        Are those Republi-china-cans? Re-china-publicans? who knew??

      • Hmmmm

        There’s a middle class? Though the Democrats taxed them out of existence?

        • Mondobeyondo

          Middle class doesn’t exist any more. There’s first class, business class, and… baggage for the rest of us.

    • rat28

      The Republicans are the most stupid people I ever met.. Fire can burn them or flood can drown them, they will still not believe what is going to hit them.

      • Worship Al Gore

        I have even heard that some of the Republican Infidels does not Believe in Global Warming and Anthropogenic Climatic Chaos, while mocking our prohetes like Al Gore and Michael Moore. These Racist, Privilegied lowlifes have no shame calling Barrack Hussein Obama incompetent when he is the most successfull than Reagan, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

        Such dissident subversion are undermining our wonderfully diverse society and thus cannot be tolerated.

        Hate Speech and Hate Think are not covered by the 1st amendement because they are crimes against the state and treason against Humanity, not opinions.

        • kbed

          i really hope this is satire.

        • Heil Hitler!

          Disagreement is not hate. But the LGBT Mafia would like us to think so. Fascism is alive and well. Heil Hitler!

          • Gay Veteran

            you can say whatever you want

          • Steve from Ohio

            Heil Hillary!

      • old fart

        The only thing worse is Obamas
        lies about every thing.

        • rat28

          Survey last year put Paul Ryan as the biggest liar.. He was not serious in cutting deficit. Obama has done exceptional jobs given the obstacles presented by a bunch of nutcase in the congress. Even with the roadblock, Obama has helped USA to achieve the best GDP growth among developed countries in the last 3 years. Unemployment rate has dropped to lowest level since G. Bush complete economic disaster. DJ and S&P are now at record high. Nasdaq has recovered to 80% since the dotcom bubble in 2000. USA also registered the lowest deficits in the last 5 years.

          • Airedale

            Rat28, I have a unicorn to sell you!
            You’re such a fool. You’re the kind of traitor who would rather run up our deficit until we collapse, than even TRY to protect our country. I call your kind “zombie bait” and I will treat your kind as such when we do collapse.

          • rat28

            You right wing Republicans are pure evil..Traitors against the common folks of USA. Everything you guys do only support the big evil corporation against the people. Time to repent ..Jesus will send you to hell for your evil deed!

          • Steve from Ohio

            I know you are reading US government numbers. Ask yourself if you can believe anything the government tells you. If you say yes, then I have a bridge to sell you.

    • laura m.

      World wide over population is main cause for climate change. Even tho China had one child per couple, the main problem over there was lack of pollution control, they have no environmental regulations on their industries. Natural resources water, oil, can only support so many people. Rodster: He didn’t say that Chinese were Republicans, he was ref to Rep. dumb butt party here. Both parties have been hijacked anyway corrupt and useless. Voting is a crock (rigged)

      • Priszilla

        Don’t worry. China has a lot of regulations. But where there are lot of regulations there is also someone who writes an exception approval for a fee (or bribe).

        Another point is that regulations are rarely enforced. And when they are enforced the authorities close 50,000 polluting factories in a week, making a million people unemployed.

        And then the unemployed trickle back to their old endeavors. .

    • Steve from Ohio

      Eh…republican or democrat. Same difference. Get over the D or R after the name. It is all BS. They are the same. There is no difference. You have been brain washed by the Corporate Propaganda Machine called the media. You are living in the matrix. Do you want the red or blue pill?

  • Ian

    I guess we have to “starve” before we “eat” of the Word.

    Nah mean

  • Bubba Johnson

    Kind of silly we put corn in our gas tanks.

  • bobcat

    Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

    Santiago

    • Mondobeyondo

      That’s why I’ve made it a point to learn history on my own. The high schools, and even colleges, won’t teach it.

  • callmecordelia1

    I recently watched the Ken Burns documentary about the dust bowl. Very interesting stuff. I find it so interesting that the U.S. is experiencing such glaring similarities to that time period– even in ways that you wouldn’t think would be connected. The more I read your blog, and keep up with current events, the more interested I become in history. It all really does repeat itself.

    • Mike Smithy

      Ken Burns is a pretty good historian. He usually gets it right.

      • callmecordelia1

        I’ve only seen the one Ken Burns documentary. I enjoyed it, liberal or not. :)

  • mar1950

    In the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota all the fields have drainage. I don’t know if that is the case in the drought affected areas mentioned here. That was not the case in the 1930’s. If we get into a protracted drought like dust bowl days it would now be worse because fields are drained. In the rare instance you get a good soaker you would want it to soak in. But what could not be absorbed would run off, making the drought much worse than 80 years ago.

    • Priszilla

      The problem isn’t drainage. The problem is depleted top soil. You need to add organic material to grow top soil. You need a lot of microorganisms in the soil. Just fertilizers don’t do that. And pestizides, herbizides and fungizides kill all life in the soil.

      Good top soil can keep the water. If you just have sand left, the water runs off.

      If you have your own house and garden, always compost your plant material, and put the compost out into the garden. Except thuja. Thuja needs to be burned or put into landfills.

    • robert h siddell, jr

      I was stationed at GFAFB, ND from 1976-1981 thanks to Jimmy constantly cutting the military budget. One year we had a monster flood and it didn’t even compare to the 1950, 1997 and 2009 floods. That is why there are big ditches beside the roads.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Don’t be so sure about that.

    • Mike Smithy

      You are right Mondo. Around 2005, my employer was trying to get me to transfer to our office in Washington D.C. I declined their offer because I believed there was a real estate bubble in Washington D.C. My regional supervisor told me that I was paranoid and suggested that it is impossible to lose money on DC real estate. Sure enough, in 2008 it crashed, and remains down from the 2005 peak. Last year, I ran into the same regional supervisor and I could not resist jabbing him. I said, “How is that DC real estate doing”? He just glared at me. He who laughs last laughs best.

  • Mondobeyondo

    California is still in 100 percent drought. (The severity of the drought varies).
    Much of Arizona is in drought.
    A great deal of the western U.S. is in drought.
    “Why are there so many fires out west?”
    That’s your answer.

    Anything grown in California or the western U.S. is going up in price, if this continues. I guarantee it. (I’m broke, but if I had money, I’d give you a money back guarantee on that.)

    • Bill

      If there is no inflation drought doesn’t matter. Remember those little”stat eaters”?

  • K2

    While it did, there is lot more populaion now. Also more than food insufficiency…livelihood insufficiency will be the bigger problem if this continues.

  • Selaretus

    Human arrogance and greed knows no bounds. I’ve watched and continue to watch some of the best bottom land in the world in NY state and Pennsylvania put under pavement and ‘developed’ into housing with nice green lawns simply because good farm land is not worth as much. Profit, profit, profit!!!!!!

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    The Money Quote in the Ken Burns documentary is by one of those who lived through Dust Bowl I: “It is impossible to exaggerate just how bad it was!”

  • http://batman-news.com PullHeadOut

    I am sure glad you didn’t mention GW as the main stream media likes to do. This cycle should be nothing to fear, it’s natural. As stated, it was that way hundreds of years ago and as recently as the 1930’s so it’s happening again. Sure lots of farmers will be devastated; sure our food prices will go up, sure its bad news. At least it’s real news, not so much speculation. Keep up the good work Mike.

  • Kim

    What can anyone say? It’s horrible.

    And I don’t understand why I sleep all day
    And I start to complain that there’s no rain…

    • Joe Kleinkamp

      Haha. I forgot about all those happy bee people in that Blind Melon video from the 90s.

  • Kristen Marie Embler

    We were fortunate to have some heavy rainfall here around the Austin area these past few days, but this is mostly it for the rest of the year, save for a few storms here and there that are likely to come around early fall. Conditions are pretty scary. My house is just a quarter mile or so down the road from where the first of the Bastrop fires started a couple years ago. Seeing that big cloud of billowing black smoke making its steady decent down the road will always be in my darkest of memories. It took about three weeks to see if our house was still standing. Once that was all over with, we can back to find my house along with only a handful left in the entire neighborhood. The fire came extremely close to taking my home, but the firefighters managed to steer it away. The only thing gone was the air conditioner. I thank God everyday for looking out for my family. There are now many homes that have been rebuilt since that time, but the land is still severely scarred.

  • DJohn1

    One day, in about 1975, my wife and I at the time were busy getting her an RN Degree at the local junior college. It took 3 years, but she got her degree. (In the 80s, she divorced me, because she was more educated and independent.)
    We had decided that year to put out a large garden. So we cheerfully tilled the ground in a rental plot and planted everything under the sun. Then School took our time over the that summer and it was a dry summer that year.
    In September, we remembered we had tilled that rental plot. I am ashamed to say it had overgrown with weeds. No one else’s plot had survived at all because it was a long hot summer. I remember putting the rows over 3 feet apart. So I took an old lawn mower and mowed all the weeds down between the rows.

    In the tilled rows were our plants and they were thriving amongst the weeds! We picked all the vegetables from the ground and preserved it. Those were the coarsest beans I have ever ate. But they were chock full of vitamins and a lot of it was from the weeds. We were the only ones with a crop.

    A farmer friend got a good laugh out of our “method” which was really an accident.
    I suggest that “weed” farming is the only way we are going to save that ground in the drought areas. Weeds are much tougher than our domesticated vegetables. The insects left ours alone and attacked the weeds.
    In this area, dandalions thrive when nothing else will. They do this with clover as well. What we have to do is alternate the weeds with the plants we eat in drought conditions.
    Where water is at a premium, we need to feed the plants with drip bottles. They can be made from almost any plastic container or glass. Let the weeds shelter the plants we need.
    It is not efficient farming, but it will preserve the soil.

    • kHRIStu4

      You can eat dandelions; the flowers, leaves and roots. Clover enriches the soil with nitrogen = free fertilizer. I suggest just looking up Permaculture. I did all my landscaping with edible perennial berry bushes. The landscaping looks good and people can’t tell its food. Look for variety.

  • Syrin

    Wow, someone is in denial. Experts say the stock market is due for a revaluation of up to 90%, and regarding the west, the Ollagalla Aquifer is virtually depleted. This will mean mass global starvation. walking through life with your head in the sand is not a good idea.

  • aghast

    Gay Veteran and his Voodoo buddies need to get out there and do a rain dance.

  • RedPillPlease

    Being from West Texas and living in the county surrounded by cotton farmers, this article is spot on! The dust storms and dry spells have definitely made an impact and has forced a burn ban that has been in effect since last summer, including yard water rationing for those in the surrounding towns and cities. The above quotes regarding 5′ visibility is no joke! There have been conditions where you cannot see the front of your car’s hood, much less pavement, and you must guess where the side of the road is and come to a complete stop. The local news is constantly discussing the drought conditions and if it weren’t for last week’s rain (2″), I’m just not sure what kind of plans would be forced to go into effect. From all the local information I am personally aware of, the “concern” factor is far above normal.

  • piccadillybabe

    How can people feed their families now? Used to be able to get a pot roast for $5 or $6, now they are outta sight. America no longer has much manufacturing but now, our arable land is turning into “dust in the wind” where the top soil travels hundreds of miles before it finds a new home. Must be heart wrenching for the farmers.

  • SEKPrepper

    I live in the eastern part of Kansas. We are not part of the 80% drought stricken part of KS, yet a couple of weeks ago I drove through an area while the wind was blowing and saw a lot of soil blowing across the road. This was from a field already planted–young crops growing there. I only imagine what it would be like with drier conditions and open fields!!

    I kept thinking about the book, The Grapes of Wrath.

    • RedPillPlease

      While I may be off topic of sorts, I felt the need to point out that “The Grapes of Wrath” was a propaganda piece advocating Communism.

  • A

    You need to do a little more research and present factual information rather than fear mongering. While there has been an ongoing drought in the areas you mentioned, the rainfall this year has turned everything into a mudhole. Even prior to the rains this spring, there was never anything approaching “dust bowl” conditions. The “dust bowl” was not caused by drought but by excessive cultivation of land due to high prices for wheat. This is something no longer practiced in the region. Btw……..I live in W. Oklahoma and have friends and relatives in Kansas and the Texas panhandle.

  • alan

    Now you can experience Afghanistan without all the rockets.

  • Priszilla

    Maybe some hedges around the fields would restrict the wind a bit? Yes, a hedge would reduce land, too, but so does this drought.

    So maybe the dust bowl is a symbol of capitalism – either all or nothing. exploit everything like there is no tomorrow and tomorrow when the wind blows, complain about the weather and go bust.

    Anyway, the drought monitor says this week is already better than last week.

  • Mary Brown

    #1: Trying to farm desert via irrigation was stupid and reckless. Ogalala aquifer is seriously depleted because of it.

    #2 GMO monoculture has us one disaster away from starvation if that crop fails, a new super pest rises, or a super weed takes over.

    #3 I keep seeing farmers removing hedges and farm sites where groves of trees were planted. Less there is to slow the wind the worse that wind can get at ground level.

    Our modern chemical farming system has strip mined the soil of almost all nutrients requiring larger and larger applications of chemical fertilizers. Fertilizers that are missing key minerals that the human body needs. We are growing crops that are killing us even without being GMO.

  • GSOB

    When it rains, it pours.

    Mourn for
    Shinseki, our Vets, their families, the VA and

    each other.

    Lord, save us.
    Merciful, redeeming God….
    Help us to find you in our futility to live
    as though you did not exist.
    When we realize that we have failed miserably,
    we call on your name to renew us with your spirit of repentance and hope.

    Heavenly Father
    Thou art in heaven.
    May your Name be sanctified
    May your Kingdom and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread and forgive our sins
    as we forgive those that sin against us.
    Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from the evil one.
    For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.

    And the believers say

    AMEN.

  • simpleman56

    The US, Russia have said they could control the weather, if you don’t think is happening you have not read NASA’s report of spraying of chemicals & the effects on the weather & life!

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