Windbreaks

Windbreaks

Agroforestry: Southern Region Resources on Woodland Management and Land Use Conservation

Windbreaks

A windbreak is a process of planting fast-growing trees, shrubs or grasses, mainly to mitigate wind-related agriculture problems, such as soil erosion and extreme weather events. The absence of windbreaks in susceptible areas can cause a condition known as wind scarring, which damages plants. High winds can also spread pathogens and diseases.

In addition to mitigating wind damage, windbreaks have been found to stabilize microclimates, conserve soil nutrients, enhance crop growth, increase crop yield and provide many environmental benefits including carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation.

The following SSARE-funded resources provide information on windbreak species, planting configurations, windbreak-crop competition and biomass production potential.

Evaluation of Windbreaks in Florida

 

A fact sheet series from the University of Florida, evaluating the design and implementation of windbreaks in Florida agriculture.

Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, under sub-award number: GS08-075. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.