Joe Wertz http://kmuw.org en Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst http://kmuw.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 35261 at http://kmuw.org Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge http://kmuw.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 23:01:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 28416 at http://kmuw.org A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles http://kmuw.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 22:05:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 23235 at http://kmuw.org Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court http://kmuw.org/post/thirsty-states-take-water-battle-supreme-court On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.<p>The court will hear oral arguments in the case of <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/tag/tarrant-vs-herrmann/">Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al.</a> The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.<p><strong>Keeping Up With Texas Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 15978 at http://kmuw.org Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court