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Studying Chemical Drift in Farm Country, Researchers Head Inside to Investigate

This high crop sprayer unfolds to a span of 90 feet. To more efficiently distribute chemicals, the vehicle's sonar automatically adjusts the height of the boom to the rolling hills of Nebraska. (NET News for Harvest Public Media)
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You might find that wind is an occasional nuisance. For farmers, though, the wind's impact can be huge — drying out crops and eroding topsoil. Gusts big and small also complicate the application of chemicals, and that can be particularly costly. Reporting for Harvest Public Media, Perry Stoner takes us inside a new research facility in North Platte, Nebraska, where researchers are throwing their unique brand of caution to the wind.

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