Preliminary results of a study on how wind turbines interact with surrounding farm land have shown that the trubines could benefit crops in subtle but significant ways
Researchers take readings from corn located near to a wind farm
A team member takes moisture readings from corn at a Midwestern farm
The team used a combination of wind-measuring instruments called anemometers to determine the intensity of turbulence and a special laser that records winds and turbulence from near the ground to well above a turbine blade
Taking windspeed measurements both upwind and downwind of a turbine
Researchers from the Ames Laboratory and the University of Colorado have spent a few months wandering through corn fields on farms in the Midwest to gather information on how wind turbines interact with surrounding farm land. The data collected so far indicates that the turbines may offer more than the sustainable production of electricity, they may also benefit surrounding crops by helping them stay cooler and dryer, fight off attack from fungi and toxins and improve CO2 extraction.
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