Joe Wertz http://kazu.org en Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst http://kazu.org/post/oklahomas-extreme-drought-has-wheat-farmers-bracing-worst Rainfall totals in southwest Oklahoma are more than 3 inches below normal. And that means that the wheat crop grown in brothers Fred and Wayne Schmedt's farm is several inches shorter than normal as well.<p>Laughter is key to surviving as a farmer here. Fred Schmedt looks out on his field, then down at his legs and laughs at how short the wheat stalks are.<p>"What would you call that, high-shoe-top high?" he says. "In a normal year — a really good year — it'd be thigh-high. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 42856 at http://kazu.org Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles http://kazu.org/post/dust-bowl-worries-swirl-shelterbelt-buckles In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl ravaged crops and helped plunge the U.S. into an environmental and economic depression. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 32024 at http://kazu.org Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court http://kazu.org/post/thirsty-states-take-water-battle-supreme-court On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.<p>The court will hear oral arguments in the case of <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/tag/tarrant-vs-herrmann/">Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al.</a> The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.<p><strong>Keeping Up With Texas Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 25512 at http://kazu.org Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court