Agronomy and Horticulture Department

 

Title

Windbreaks

Date of this Version

2004

Comments

Published in Production of Vegetables, Strawberries, and Cut Flowers Using Plasticulture (2004), Ithaca, NY: Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension; NRAES 133. ISBN: 0935817875.

Abstract

Windbreaks are an important and often overlooked component of a plasticulture system. They provide benefits regardless of where you farm or what crops you are raising. When wind protection is included in a plasticulture production system, crops benefit from less wind stress and an improved microclimate for growth and development. There is less crop injury due to soil abrasion or wind-whipping of plants, less extreme soil temperature fluctuations, and improved soil warming. Wind protection often results in earlier yields of higher-quality crops.

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