"Estimate Crop Damages in Dust Storm Area $30,000,000; Farmers Hope for Rain"
Estimate Crop Damages In Dust Storm Area $30,000,000; Farmers Hope For Rain An Aspociatpd Press writer , mokes the statement that ' crop J i l lI. i (1U IIIlilffH ,liiV Llfll MLII ULrU B L pn.fl00.000 by the sgrinnUurists of th Midwest rp.lative to the du3t storm area in Colorado. Kansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. In these states there are approximately approximately 15,000,000 acres that have suffered the most serious consequences of the paralyzing, soil denuding and crop destroying destroying dust storm. Within this area, relief rolls are carrying well above 20,000 families who have had all types of employment shut off. These figures pertain to the brewing brewing zone of the recurring dust storm, which zone comprises the greater portion of the states before before named. . The crop damages largely concern concern wheat. In the Texas Panhandle, Panhandle, Walter Barlow, a grain elevator operator of the section, says a conservative estimate of the loss to wheat growers alone ranges between $18,000,000 and $20,000,000. Farmers all over the brewiajr tone of the storm area say that the wheat crop is an entire failure and the onlv means of offsetting this loss will be to plant larger row crops. However, row crops, including corn ynll not have a start this spring if sufficient rain or snow doesi not come soOn. The latest latest reports from this sr?3 are thct. thp wind subsided last Friday and cle&r sky snd t little sunshine was visible through the atmosphere laden with dust. Nothing Nothing but rain or snow will cleanse the air of this light silt that resembles vapor in lightness. But to date, the weather has been extremely extremely cold with now and then a return blast of storm to send clouds of dust whirling skyward again. The predominant hope of every western farmer is that a life saving shower will come before it is too late to help the crops that may yet be started. Transportation through the storm area is impossible, but where any traveling can be done, the reports go that a more appalling appalling picture of desolation has never never been witnessed in the Midwest. Midwest. The tops of "barbed wire fence posts, corners of almost buried farm buildings and occasionally occasionally the carcass of a smothered smothered cow may be seen on what was once the fertile plains. Kansas Kansas farmers viewing their prairies, prairies, covered with sand ridges that resemble mysteriously fixed ocean waves, could not begin to estimate the amount of damage done to soil, buildings and livestock. livestock. ' ..wjjk-x! ..wjjk-x! ..wjjk-x!