Dust Bowl Conditions on Plains: Problem for US, Globe

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Heather Buchman
AccueWeather.com
Apr 13, 2011

Following what has been the driest four-month period since before the 1930s Dust Bowl, hope is dwindling, if not already lost, for wheat farmers of Oklahoma and Texas who desperately need rain. The forecast is not looking promising.

Any hits to U.S. agriculture amid rising food and gas prices will only add to the strain on the wallets of families and individuals across the nation and the globe, with the U.S. being the world’s largest exporter of wheat and corn.

All Eyes on Kansas Now

According to AccuWeather.com Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler, the percentage of U.S. wheat considered “poor” or “very poor” increased from 32 to 36 in just the past week due to lack of rain in the southern Plains and Southwest.

Reports have even said that many wheat farmers have considered switching to another crop altogether this year.

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