ND, SD state universities to study changes in ag land use

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Researchers at state universities in the Dakotas and Iowa will spend this summer analyzing changes in agricultural land use over the past decade.

The Tri-State Neighbor reports this will be the universities’ first comprehensive analysis about land use changes and the reasons behind them. The responses of more than 1,000 mail-in surveys sent to producers earlier this year will be used in the study.

Researchers hope to learn such things as whether producers are increasing the number of acres they plant with corn or soybeans and decreasing wheat acres, whether land has been taken out of conservation programs, or whether it’s used for crops instead of pasture.

Professors from South Dakota State University, Iowa State University and North Dakota State University will work together to analyze the data.