[NAFEX] Fruit trees under powerlines

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Mon Jun 15 09:14:52 EDT 2009

> Next to the orchard is a field alternately planted in soybeans and 
> corn. I've never been able to see an increase in height under the 
> lines. I don't have access to harvest records therefore have no idea 
> about production increase or decrease under the lines.

That's why I've always questioned this claim, too. Here in Nebraska, 
transmission lines cross and border crop fields all over the place, but 
I've never noticed any difference in the nearby plants. I don't know if 
it's been scientifically studied, but there's no obvious difference, 
that I could ever see.

And farmers tend to be very unhappy about new transmission lines 
crossing their land. If it actually boosted yields, you'd think they'd 
welcome them (certainly along the edges of their fields). Well, there 
are other considerations, too, no doubt.

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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moron. - Dave Barry

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