Storms Rage in "Dust Bowl"

May 12. Another dust storm has struck the Great Plains. Experts estimate that 650,000,000 tons of topsoil have been blown away by this storm and the ones before it. The "Dust Bowl" farmers of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico are seeing tremendous crop and livestock losses.

Months of drought and the poor condition of soil from years of overproduction are at the root of the problem, agriculture experts say.

Photo of Truck in Storm
Dust Storm, Western Kansas Highway

Source: Frank N. Magill, Great Events from History, American Series, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1975.