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Midwest / Drought / Kansas #41751

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 16, 1976
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(Studio) National Weather Service says its winter predictions haven't worked out. E. had cold winter and West winter dry.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Ford Cnty., Kansas) Film shows Dust Bowl of 1930s in Great Plains area. Drought hits area recently. Topsoil loose due to lack of moisture; high winds blow away crops and topsoil. Kansas representatives say 1/4 winter wheat lost. [Kansas wheat commissioner Myron KRENZIN - says if crop missed, it's like waiting 1 yr. for paycheck.] Farmer Joe Baldwin plows under many of his acres of wheat. [Voice of BALDWIN - says business has always been high risk. Fighting elements all the time.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Dodge City, Kansas) Farmers apply for disaster relief. Climatologists say farmers entering cycle of bad years Others not sure.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Ford Cnty., Kansas) [Farmer Vern McCOLM - says not like farmers of the 30's.] Normal windy season not due until end of month and heavy rain not expected until April.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Reasoner, Harry

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