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Midwest Farmers Plowing Up Lots of Prairie

sig 100713_land_afterThe former pasture in July 2013, now a 270-acre irrigated corn field. (Photo by Ben Wheeler, Pheasants Forever/Nebraska Game & Parks Commission)

In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land. Grant Gerlock, of Harvest Public Media, reports.


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Learn more about this story - and other stories affecting the rural Midwest - at Harvest Public Media's website:

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