DOT Says Unharvested Corn Can Improve Winter Driving Conditions

Wall of unharvested corn can improve winter driving conditions. (WHO-HD)

Wall of unharvested corn can improve winter driving conditions. (WHO-HD)

MASON CITY, Iowa — Transportation officials in northern Iowa are looking ahead to winter and ways to keep drivers safer on the roads once the snow starts to fall.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is asking farmers to help them keep snow off the roads, by leaving rows of corn unharvested. The DOT says leaving just a dozen rows along the road can block snow, making it safer for drivers.

It will also cut back on problems with ice, and officials say they are ready to pay.

“We’ll pay farmers $5 a bushel for the corn they do leave in the field. And that is higher than the market price right now. So that’s they uh, that’s the price we’re putting out,” says Pete Hjelmstad, Service Field Manager with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Officials say the “living wall” of unharvested corn not only helps with visibility, but also makes snow removal much easier.