Were the farming practices that lead to the Dust Bowl decisions made by individual farmers, or by the banks they owed money to?



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    Economic depression coupled with extended drought, unusually high temperatures, poor agricultural practices and the resulting wind erosion all contributed to making the Dust Bowl.

    A post-World War I recession led farmers to try new mechanized farming techniques as a way to increase profits. Many bought plows and other farming equipment, and between 1925 and 1930 more than 5 million acres of previously unfarmed land was plowed. With the help of mechanized farming, farmers produced record crops during the 1931 season. However, overproduction of wheat coupled with the Great Depression led to severely reduceĀ­d market prices. The wheat market was flooded, and people were too poor to buy. Farmers were unable to earn back their production costs and expanded their fields in an effort to turn a profit they covered the prairie with wheat in place of the natural drought-resistant grasses and left any unused fields bare.

    Farming practices along with natural disaster created the Dust Bowl.

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