Wildfire Smoke Impacting State Agriculture

(Bismarck, ND) — Wildfire smoke from Canada is impacting North Dakota’s agriculture in various ways. Scientists say that smoke reduces sunlight, resulting in a decrease in oxygen and an increase in ozone. These factors have negative impacts on crops. However, sunlight can also be diffused by smoke, causing the sunlight to hit areas of plants that it normally wouldn’t. According to experts, some plants like soybeans handle smoke better than other more sensitive crops, such as corn.

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