Happy, Texas gives an interesting perspective of how people handle the births pangs. I found these three the most telling.
"Barry Evans is still farming. His 2,200 acres came from his great-uncle Freeman, who watched it turn to dust in the 1930s...........He no longer ploughs – nothing dries the surface to turn the soil to dust like ploughing. Instead, the old stalks hold down the soil, keep the moisture in, and rot down to nutrients."
"Boone Pickens is after their water.He is proving to be the ultimate test of their free market gospel of the 'right to capture'................He is now the largest individual water owner in America, with rights over enough of the aquifer to drain an estimated 200,000 acre-feet a year, at least until the land goes dry. That is 65 billion gallons a year, or, to put it another way, 124,000 gallons a minute. The plan? Ninety-five per cent of Ogallala water is now used for agriculture, but Pickens plans to pipe it 250 miles to Dallas, expected to triple in size in 30 years, with a demand for water far exceeding supply. Pickens is making the hottest of climate-change bets: that water's value will rocket as it runs dry. One man's thirst is another man's fortune."
"'The heart of the Dust Bowl was here, you know,' says Wayne Plunk........'We are drying up. People don't learn from history, and if we keep breaking the ground and run out of water, it'll happen again. 'I used to go out on the land before dawn when I worked at school,' he says, 'and I would always plough to the east. I ploughed into the rising sun, and I knew there was a God.' He pushes back his cap, and stares into the distance."
The sorrow of Wayne I can identify with, but I like the gumption of Barry and I really appreciate the tip on not plowing in dry season. We don't have that problem in my neck of the woods but you never know.
I recall my Uncle some time back who was a farmer / rancher in Plainview, TX having his wells pumping up salt water due to the water table being depleted and salt water wiping out his crops. learning that lesson not to plough in the dry season but to investigate the use of Hydrophonics to grow crops above ground and just adding nutrients wihout soil. Was able to filter out much of the salt that made this venture worth while, enough to feed his family and resume regular farming when the water table was higher, learning from the past and not making the same mistakes as others did that produced the dust bowls, also letting some of his land rest, believing scripture as God commanding portions of the land to rest for seven years to replentish the nutrients in the ground.