The New Dust Bowl

BITTER HARVEST Cursed by a drought worse than the Okies saw at the height of the Great Depression, the West's farmers are selling their cattle and leaving plots to blow toward the Rockies. As harvest

NEBRASKA FACING A HARD CHOICE: TO ABANDON CASH CROPS OR COWS

Bob Roberts used to think the droughts of the Great Depression were the benchmark for tough times. Now he and other old-timers in Scottsbluff, Neb., a small farming community near the Wyoming border, are talking about the scant 2.16 in. of rain that has fallen this year--30% less than what fell during the worst of the 1930s drought years and more than 80% below normal. When it comes to water, local farmers are living through their greatest depression yet.

Driving his Ford Explorer through fields of severely stunted corn, Roberts,...

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