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University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension EC1778
Agricultural producers face many challenges as they try to balance efficient production systems with increasing environmental standards. For these systems to be successful, they must optimize the balance between inputs and field production. Field windbreaks are one way to increase yields while at the same time reducing inputs and improving both environmental quality and production efficiency. Windbreaks reduce wind speed and alter the microclimate in sheltered areas. Filed windbreaks reduce wind erosion and the damage to crops caused by wind-blown soil. They improve water use efficiency, reduce risks associated with drought, and manage blowing snow.
Field windbreaks provide positive economic returns to producers. In addition, they provide opportunities to enhance natural controls of insects, provide valuable wildlife habitats, and add permanence and biological diversity to our agricultural systems.