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Technology innovations during the dustbowl and it contributed to today’s advancements.

A Technology Synopsis of the 1930's
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Weston Heidzig

on 13 September 2012

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Transcript of Technology innovations during the dustbowl and it contributed to today’s advancements.

Technological Innovations of the Dust Bowl There was no place like the plains of central America in the 1930's. The plains represented a symbol of hope that promised all who came would be richly rewarded with an abundance of crop at their disposal. So grand was this symbol, many took advantage of it. As cropland grew, so did the need to harvest hundreds of acres in a relatively short time. The Situation This is when technology took off The Answer A large majority of farmers were able to afford the new tractors and equipment being manufactured by John Deere and other companies. It was not un-common to see multiple tractors plowing and harvesting the fields 24/7. The Majority of Farmers... Tractor Production in the 1930's Mass Production Companies, most notably John Deere, produced tractors by the hundreds every day with the use of production lines. The Surplus The Shift Is Made The supply of tractors was so large, farmers started to yield greater averages of crop. In turn, more plowing could be achieved. This is Where it All Starts With dieing crops and drought on the rise, the need to meet yield averages stood true; farmers continued to plow in hopes of the crops coming back. So Begins The Dust Bowl Severe drought hits the Midwestern and southern plains. As the crops die, the 'black blizzards" begin. Dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed land begins to blow 1931 1932 Due to over plowing, the top soil of the plains gets blown away and the number of dust storms increase form 14 to 38 within a year 1933 The country starts to take action, as for the farmers, plowing still continues 1934-38 The full effect of the dust bowl is felt across the nation 1939 The rain finally comes and so ends the dust bowl The Shift Is Made Though devastating, the dust bowl provided valuable insight to modern technology This technology ranges from the planting of trees to reduce wind effects by 65% to cultivating the land with multiple crops to even the development of advanced weather gauges and water irrigation/ wells The bottom line The dust bowl, though destructive, did provide vital insight to the technological management of our country for it showed how one must not take advantage of technology and the land but instead show responsibility, to nurture it, because it is all we have. A large majority of the technology and inventions produced in the 1930's are still in use today Due to the influx of technology, the country started to recover in a very short period of time Some may argue that the technology innovations of the 1930's play as the sole reason to why we are in the position we are today Works Cited Atmospheric gauges/ records
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4540497/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/scientists-study-past-future-dust-bowls/

What caused the dust bowl
http://weather.about.com/od/weatherfaqs/f/dustbowl.htm

Technology and land
http://www.historyoftechnology.org/eTC/v48no2/stine_v48no2.html

References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl

Technology timeline (innovations)
http://www.ehow.com/info_8090443_were-inventions-1930s.html

Significance
http://salempress.com/store/samples/agriculture/agriculture_dust.htm

Picture of a combine
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/media/machines0801.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/machines_08.html&usg=__XfIA-ZYl9EDpkEgyWIJWmdG_UgE=&h=255&w=310&sz=16&hl=en&start=17&zoom=1&tbnid=I64G2E9Tjcfm4M:&tbnh=96&tbnw=117&ei=8VdHUM_2O-yFyQGgioHABg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dharvesting%2Bwheat%2Bfield%2Bin%2Bthe%2B1930s%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

The map
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/images/dustbowlmap.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm&h=285&w=404&sz=14&tbnid=3DkMaSqfFHPvvM:&tbnh=75&tbnw=106&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bdust%2Bbowl%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=the+dust+bowl&usg=__a59B9HDjDeD5SfZ58XTT6vgFdg8=&hl=en&sa=X&ei=f6pIUNe5OKPmygH4o4C4Cw&ved=0CCcQ9QEwAg

Irrigation
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=irrigation+systems&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1024&bih=682&tbm=isch&tbnid=8Xq-ypdwDxvW2M:&imgrefurl=http://www.millenniumland.com/Drip%2520Irrigation%2520Systems.htm&docid=h9eKwmIWBz9pPM&imgurl=http://www.millenniumland.com/images/LANDSCAPE%252520SERVICES/Irrigation/Drip%252520Irrigation%252520Systems/Drip%252520Irrigation%252520(2).jpg&w=550&h=328&ei=m2VLUOu6F8mL2AW7m4HIBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=690&vpy=193&dur=515&hovh=173&hovw=291&tx=198&ty=92&sig=101612106316179739097&page=1&tbnh=113&tbnw=189&start=0&ndsp=14&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:150

Modern combine
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=farming+field&um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=682&tbm=isch&tbnid=dtnen4ACicqgjM:&imgrefurl=http://www.farmcointernational.com/&docid=RnjgGXlyfcuj2M&imgurl=http://www.farmcointernational.com/Images/farming-field.jpg&w=290&h=193&ei=SWxLUOnELZGJ2AWki4G4Bw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=121&vpy=337&dur=407&hovh=154&hovw=232&tx=137&ty=89&sig=101612106316179739097&page=5&tbnh=147&tbnw=197&start=60&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:60,i:285

Wind breaker plot
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=farm+windbreaks&um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=682&tbm=isch&tbnid=fltJdBs6jsGj1M:&imgrefurl=http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/hort/news/hortmatt/2005/07hrt05a4.htm&docid=uQANZ9KsC8FsCM&imgurl=http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/hort/news/hortmatt/2005/07hrt05a4f1.jpg&w=400&h=241&ei=qWxLUJ6FG6Wr2AXJtIGwBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=309&vpy=327&dur=2266&hovh=174&hovw=289&tx=173&ty=113&sig=101612106316179739097&page=1&tbnh=120&tbnw=200&start=0&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0,i:88

Wind breaker
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=farm+windbreaks&um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=682&tbm=isch&tbnid=odBeVhikCUfvZM:&imgrefurl=http://www.forestry.ok.gov/windbreaks-shelterbelts&docid=Rsuka6VWbdMrJM&imgurl=http://www.forestry.ok.gov/Websites/forestry/Images/windbreaks.JPG&w=789&h=508&ei=qWxLUJ6FG6Wr2AXJtIGwBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=312&vpy=40&dur=313&hovh=180&hovw=280&tx=181&ty=114&sig=101612106316179739097&page=2&tbnh=148&tbnw=201&start=12&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:12,i:116

Wind gauges
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=wind+gauges&um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=682&tbm=isch&tbnid=lnHa6ioTGLZ_PM:&imgrefurl=http://wind-gauges-weather-instruments.blogspot.com/2010/03/bios-wireless-wind-weather-station-w.html&docid=63oPTYb5W_U4OM&imgurl=http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31BXVGet2QL.jpg&w=300&h=300&ei=Ym1LUPfAEqrs2QXvtoCgDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=108&vpy=233&dur=2328&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=130&ty=145&sig=101612106316179739097&page=2&tbnh=154&tbnw=164&start=19&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:19,i:188

Tractors
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/W/images/WH001B.jpg&imgrefurl=http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/W/WH001.html&usg=__E-mGHbI81HMHwLuAxXTzwkQiRwg=&h=409&w=565&sz=171&hl=en&start=23&zoom=1&tbnid=_sQJheMG95ri3M:&tbnh=97&tbnw=134&ei=OVhHUO_kKsajyAGwpIHQBA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dharvesting%2Bwheat%2Bfield%2Bin%2Bthe%2B1930s%26start%3D20%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

Equipment
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0d/Chelyabinsk_tractor_factory_1930s.jpg/260px-Chelyabinsk_tractor_factory_1930s.jpg&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tractor&usg=__bv7EPHDG0epXHUA-3w1dzEeuQ0c=&h=165&w=260&sz=14&hl=en&start=138&zoom=1&tbnid=PdtoJPummGQ3PM:&tbnh=71&tbnw=112&ei=x1tHUPDVFePmygHyp4CAAw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dtractor%2Bharvesting%2Bwheat%2Bfield%2Bin%2Bthe%2B1930s%26start%3D120%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1
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