Prairie fire next to road with firetrucksAs wildfires continue to affect the western U.S. and Canada, the NOAA has reported smoke extending as far as the East Coast. For some areas experiencing extreme heat, the Midwest in particular, the haze has created a layer of protection over crops. While it may be too late for some drought-ridden fields, an agronomist from North Dakota noted a combination of the smoke and cloud cover has helped relieved stress from crops as they are starting to mature. Hear more about the effects of the wildfire smoke.