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Continued: Grasslands conversion may increase water pollution in SE Minnesota

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 18, 2014 - 9:02 PM

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  • The conversion of more land in southeast Minnesota for crops like corn could jeopardize drinking water, a new U of M study says.

  • A corn plant sits in a muddy farm field, Monday, June 30, 2014, near Dallas Center, Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a report released Monday, says farmers are planting the smallest corn crop since 2010 but as expected have planted the largest soybean crop on record. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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  • In part because of the region’s geology, a change in crops grown in southeastern Minnesota is predicted to jeopardize the groundwater, which most residents use as drinking water.

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