What effects do crops have on climate?
February 15, 2008
Researchers at South Dakota State University are going to use a $738,000 grant from NASA
to study what effects biofuel crops like corn, soybeans, and switchgrass will have on the climate. Most research has focused on the effects of climate on crops, but as planting patterns change, local climate effects will also be noticed. For example, switchgrass places different water demands on the soil
at different times of year from what corn does, and when it dries out in the summer, switchgrass can contribute to fast-growing wildfires
. As the ethanol
industry seeks new inputs for higher energy returns, these sorts of effects have to be studied and prepared for.
We can help you with portable fire pumps
for controlling wildfires, as well as a wide range of products for ethanol production
. Please feel free to contact us
with your questions.
last revised February 2008