Agroforestry: Windbreaks

Level of Expertise: Introductory/Overview,

Topics: Diversified Cropping and Agroforestry,

This video created by the Center for Agroforestry describes windbreaks, the simple act of reducing soil speed which can slow soil erosion, improve crop yields, increase livestock gain in winter, keep snow drifts out of feed lots, increase calf survival, and improve wildlife habitat. This video discusses the benefits of field and livestock windbreaks, enumerates the five major design components essential to creating an effective windbreak, provides general criteria for selecting appropriate trees and shrubs for windbreaks, and briefly examines the management of windbreaks.

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