Joe Wertz http://wvtf.org en Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst http://wvtf.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 22174 at http://wvtf.org Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge http://wvtf.org/post/sharp-rise-earthquakes-puts-oklahomans-edge For the past three decades, Oklahoma averaged about 50 earthquakes a year. But that number has skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2013 — the state's most seismically active year ever — there were almost 3,000.<p>The quakes are small, and they're concentrated in the central part of the state, where the Erwins live.<p>Amanda Erwin says that even on a clear day, she knows something's up when the thunder begins: The chandelier swings, and the walls and bed start rumbling. Her husband, Keith, says the earthquakes remind him of the artillery he used to hear growing up near a military base. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 15446 at http://wvtf.org A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles http://wvtf.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 10303 at http://wvtf.org Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles