Effects of the drought droughtPaper Rating: Word Count: 1552 Approx Pages: 6
One of the most serious and severe things that made the depression as bad as it was the drought. During the 1930s, the weather did not co-operate and caused many problems for Canada overall. The many blizzards and severe winters froze many cattle to death. There were even some snowless winters followed by springs with little rain and summers that were burning hot. These combinations resulted in very dry soil conditions for severe dust storms that destroyed the crops. Adding to this, grasshoppers were also a major problem because they ate many of the crops that did grow and destroyed the land.
This picture shows how the land was green and developed in the 1920's (left), but how it was dead, unproductive and full of dust in the 1930's (right).
Crop failure meant that wheat prices dropped lower and lower. Canada sold $ 218,000,000 worth of wheat during 1928 . This dropped to about $ 16,000,000 in 1937. Since the world wheat market had collapsed, they weren't able to put their wheat in the market. This forces 85% of farmers onto some form of relief ( local welfare scheme ). The three provinces most affected were Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.