• Short Summary

    The huge wheat-growing plains of the Texas Panhandle have been suffering a drought for the past six months, and farmers who have already lost hope of producing a corp this year, are now fearing for the soil which provides their living.

  • Description

    The huge wheat-growing plains of the Texas Panhandle have been suffering a drought for the past six months, and farmers who have already lost hope of producing a corp this year, are now fearing for the soil which provides their living.

    It has not rained on the Pandandle since last August, and the ponds for watering cattle have completely dried up. these crops that were planted have failed, and the plains are already beginning to look more like a desert. In pastureland where cattle graze, grass fires are a daily occurrence.

    In a normal year the Panhandle receives about eighteen inches of rain, but last year only six inches fell, and since August there has bene nothing.

    Some wheat farmers who were rich enough, tried irrigating their fields, but the ground was so dry that the results were poor. Most of the wheat farmers now concede that this year's crop will be a total loss.

    The situation is now so bad that the farmers are not only worried about the crops they have lost, but also about losing the soil which is so important to their business. Next month the March winds will sweep across the plains, and if there are no crops or moisture in the earth to prevent erosion, the once fertile land could be reduced to dust bowl.

    SYNOPSIS: The huge wheat-growing plains of the Texas Panhandle have been suffering a drought since last summer, and farmers who have already lost hope of producing a crop this year, are now fearing even worse consequences. A report from/Arthur Lor in Shorman country, Texas.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACPNB1222XKXYS6N9X439GRVIT
    Media URN:
    VLVACPNB1222XKXYS6N9X439GRVIT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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