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Solar flares impact farmers during planting

The strong geomagnetic storm that reached Earth over the weekend certainly did more than just provide scenic views of the sky.

Local farmers noticed drops in GPS signals which are used to guide equipment such as planters through fields. The geomagnetic storms can also impact the power grid along with radio and satellite operations, cell phones and navigation.

RTK towers were impacted by the solar flares so some companies recommended farmers switch to something else to keep signals from cutting out.

Solar eruptions caused geomagnetic conditions to persist, according to NOAA and space weather forecasters observed at least seven coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, from the sun.

A number of geomagnetic storms hit Earth at G4 strength in the past day which is considered severe.


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