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    The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    So many similarities:

    1) Tilling fence row to fence row
    2) If prices are low, produce more (go wheat mad)
    3) Suitcase farmers
    4) Land: "there not making any more of it. it will go higher"
    5) Drought
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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    I highly doubt it. Tillage practices have evolved so much since then.



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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    No


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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    We should probably quit making food. There would be a lot less people for the government to take care of.



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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    We should probably quit making food. There would be a lot less people for the government to take care of.
    Or at least quit making it more efficiently.


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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Yes. We are pushing row crop production deeper and deeper into unsuitable/arid land. Drought tolerance is thee hot area of biotech research. And for all the advances in tillage practices, farmers are wholesale ignoring it.


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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Sure it could happen again. Drought is currently not even close to the conditions that contributed to the Dust Bowl. Tillage operations have also improved. Sure not everyone is using (or can use) full no-till practices. Remember the moldboard plow? Yeah, next to nobody owns one anymore, which was a huge contributor to the erosion potential during the Dust Bowl.

    Like I said, it could happen but the contributing conditions are not even close right now.

    Drought tolerant genetics will be integrated into all crop seed (when developed) not just for usage on new, marginal land. Producing more on the same acreage.




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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Sure, it will happen again, and the items on your list won't matter a bit. Mother Nature is a beyotch and could care less about mankind or his/her tilling technique. Personally, I'm ready for the next Ice Age, so that the government will tell me to use spray deodorant again.....because we control it all, ya know.



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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBentStick View Post
    Sure, it will happen again, and the items on your list won't matter a bit. Mother Nature is a beyotch and could care less about mankind or his/her tilling technique.
    Exactly, nature will be the driver. No matter what we're doing.




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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Great show on PBS ..


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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Sure it could happen again. Drought is currently not even close to the conditions that contributed to the Dust Bowl. Tillage operations have also improved. Sure not everyone is using (or can use) full no-till practices. Remember the moldboard plow? Yeah, next to nobody owns one anymore, which was a huge contributor to the erosion potential during the Dust Bowl.

    Like I said, it could happen but the contributing conditions are not even close right now.

    Drought tolerant genetics will be integrated into all crop seed (when developed) not just for usage on new, marginal land. Producing more on the same acreage.

    My Moldboard plow is so old, it's getting moldy.

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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    As a soil scientist, I think it's more likely that small (yet unsustainable) amounts of soil erosion over many years will lead to the loss of almost all of the productive surface soil. There may be an occasional "duster" now and again (there was one just a few months ago), but I don't see the dust bowl happening to that extreme again.

    That said, future prospects for the Natural Resource Conservation Service aren't looking too good. If that agency gets gutted, or thrown to the wayside, it could very well happen since they bring farmers most of their government supported conservation practices.



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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Where is this bowl? What conference would we be playing?



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    Re: The Dust Bowl: Could it happen again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    We should probably quit making food. There would be a lot less people for the government to take care of.
    We don't make food in Iowa, we grow corn.


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