4 Ways Farmers Protect
Air Quality

Farmers joke that nobody goes into farming for the sweet smells, but don't let that fool you! They're always concerned about reducing emissions and protecting the quality of the air we breathe every day.

  1. Field maintenance plays a big role in reducing emissions, that's why adapting farming practices like reduced tillage is important.
  2. Farmers also utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to help guide their equipment so overlapping the field doesn't occur.
  3. Thanks to the ongoing innovations in seed, equipment and fertilizer technology, the amount of emissions generated to produce corn lowered 30 percent in the last 20 years.
  4. When going green, it helps to literally be green! One acre of corn removes 8 tons of harmful greenhouse gases. Let's think about that for a moment — because this year alone South Dakota farmers planted 4.7 million acres. Wow! Take a deep breath, South Dakota.