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Re: Anyone watch Dust Bowl on PBS?

Kay, the series was pretty good and accurate. However, it veered off course near the end. It focused on the views of a couple extremists. The ogallala has been predicted to be depleted since the 80's with dire consequences to come in twenty years. 35 years later, reduced water use practices has extended the life beyond those predictions. The couple shown at the end that still used old equipment, is not a valid statement that the high plains should go back to grass. The evidence all around them, the successful transition into sustainable bmp's says otherwise. Other than the series' focus on terracing and contour farming, they did not show other initiatives that resulted in new tillage practices like stubble mulch tillage, the invention of the Gramme-Hoeme chisel plow and using summer fallowing. So, my conclusion is the producers were given a "script" to show rather than report on how agriculture learned from mistakes and adapted.
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