AGRICULTURE: Devastation on the Plains

Reported the Department of Agriculture last week with an urgency that broke through the cold officialese: "In many places in the Great Plains, moisture conditions are the worst in recorded history." The result: after only one month of the normal (November-May) annual "blow" season, the acreage of crop and range land damaged by soil-eroding winds in the ten-state area was already three times larger (almost 2,000,000 acres, one-third of them in Kansas) than in the same period last year. Moreover, with the peak of the high-wind season yet to come, some 29...

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