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Wis. wants to use corn to combat snow drifts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants to use corn to combat snow drifting onto roads.

According to the state, officials observed the success of an Iowa program that used corn rows as a snow fence.

They say there was a significant reduction in snow drifts when farmers left eight to 16 rows of corn standing parallel to highways.

The state is looking to pay farmers 50 cents per bushel over the price they were paid for the crop in the year the agreement is made.

Farmers interested should contact their regional state transportation office to see if their field is in a location where drifting is a known problem.

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