crooks (noun): A person who steals, lies, cheats, or does other dishonest or illegal things.
ignited (verb): Lit on fire.
towering (adjective): Very tall.
rubble (noun): The broken remains.
conditions (noun): Situation or state of being. In this case, the farming conditions refers to the success of farmers who were now able to make more money from their wheat.
demand (noun): A need or request.
poured (verb): Flowed like a stream.
deserted (adjective): Abandoned.
bushels (noun): A measure that contains eight gallons.
invigorating (adjective): Giving strength or energy.