A series of three droughts in the 1930s led to the extreme conditions in the Dust Bowl Region. As acres of land literally blew away, many people were displaced. Farming methods have changed quite a bit since the 1930s. Farmers now plant different crops and use irrigation. But agriculture is still sensitive to drought. A 2016 study simulating the droughts in the 1930s found that they would be just as devastating if they happened today.