BROOKINGS, S.D. - Farmers in the Northern Plains often worry about what the weather could do to their crops — but they seldom think about what their crops could do to the weather.
A new NASA-funded study at South Dakota State University will tackle that question by asking whether regional weather patterns and the risk of wildfires could change because of a shift in planting. Farmers may grow fewer corn and soybean crops and more perennial grasses grown primarily to fuel cars.
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