Interference with Farming Practices
Although power lines hang far above the ground and themselves don’t inhabit a large area, they do a world of damage to farmland.
Machinery Navigation: Navigating large farm machinery around poles and under wires is dangerous. Large areas under the lines are carved out by an inability to drive right up against poles, creating space for weeds and unruly growth. Why stay away from the poles? In many easement agreements, utility companies ensure that landowners are liable for any damages that farming has on their infrastructure – even thought they just throw the poles in the middle of farmable land!
Inability to use Aerial Application: Aerial application of farm inputs (such as spraying for pest-control) is a last-resort when ground application cannot be used. Power lines cutting across fields makes flying overhead an impossibility leaving large areas that have to remain untreated. This can lead to reduced yield and poorer crop quality.