The thirties weren’t just bad because of the Depression. Out on the plains, wheat farmers were trying to grow more and more wheat to try to combat the ever falling food prices. The new industrial farming equipment helped them do that faster and cheaper than ever and caused them to till up a ton of land removing the buffalo grass from the surface of millions of acres. Unfortunately the area returned to its natural dry state from which it had been away from for many years. When that happened, the soil dried up and winds caused huge dust storms. Tens of thousand of families had to abandon their farms.