MASON CITY, Iowa- First snow of the year not far out of peoples minds the Iowa Department of Transportation is looking at snow removal.
For the last couple of years they have been reaching out to farmers who own land near Iowa highways to leave 12-16 rows up over the winter. They say rows on the North and West side of the field are preferred. They hope the living wall will keep snow from drifting on to the roads making them safer and easier for maintenance crews. Those with the Iowa DOT say they are paying those farmers by the bushel.
“We will pay them $5 per bushel and that’s higher than the current price.” says Pete Hjelmstad, Field Service Coordinator with the Iowa DOT. “It is really worth it to use to pay that much because those 12-16 rows of corn really reduces the risk on the roads.”