Exploring the Psychology of Droughts

Friday, August 03, 2012

For the past several weeks The Takeaway has been talking to farmers about the worsening drought conditions in the Midwest. The USDA has designated over 1,500 counties in 32 states as disaster areas. If a flood hit 32 states, we'd be in a panic. But the effects of a drought are slower and more subtle.

Michael Cross is a reporter for our affiliate KOSU in Oklahoma. He explores the psychology behind droughts.


Michael Cross

Produced by:

Brad Mielke

Comments [3]


Larry I too wonder why "that which must not be named" is not in the media's bag of tricks. So to clear the air - I'll say all those words...........
Global Warming, Climate Change, Liberal, Environmentalist, Environment reporter, Progressives, Global poisoning of our gene pool, World glaciers and north pole melting, ocean levels rising, crazy storms, mass water shortages, herd us all into mega-cities, Voldemort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There, I feel better...... wish some BRAVE REPORTERS would try to figure out how to get through their "Gatekeepers" and say the banned words.

Aug. 03 2012 10:26 AM
Peg from Willseyville NY

Here in the normally super wet and rainy Finger Lakes region, it's been UNUSUALLY dry this summer. I have to spend about 3-4 hours watering every day when normally "the sky is my watering can." Two acres of market vegetables drink up so much H20 - and the hot drying soil demands so much more. Thank god we sit atop multiple springs still flowing, but our pond is down 3 feet from normal because we use it for irrigation.

My most sincere sympathy to farmers in the midwest - trying to LIVE, let alone grow, in temps over 100 must be hellish.

Aug. 03 2012 10:02 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

From what I understand, we are the largest producer of corn and other grains. Is it true that in the past we have not been allowed to stockpile. Please explain the politics in this or if I have it wrong, never mind.

I did love the way the guy couldn't even mention "Global Warming."

Aug. 03 2012 09:51 AM

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