Windbreaks are barriers used to reduce and redirect wind.

Types of Windbreaks

  •  Trees and shrubs
  •  Crops and grasses
  •  Fences
  •  Other materials

How Windbreaks Work
As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the windward side (the side toward the wind), and large quantities of air move up and over the top or around the ends.

Windbreak Effectiveness
A windbreak’s effectiveness is determined by:

  • Height
  • Width
  • Density
  • Species composition
  • Orientation
  • Length
  • Continuity
Windbreaks are most effective when oriented at right angles to prevailing winds.
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Field Windbreaks
Windbreaks for Livestock
Windbreak Establishment
Windbreak Maintenance and Renovation
Windbreaks for Wildlife
Windbreaks and Snow Management
Shrub Row Repair
Trees and Energy
Windbreaks and Sustainable Agriculture
 Twin Row High Density
Contact Information
Day County Conservation District
600 E Hwy 12 Suite 1
Webster, SD  57274
Tree shed address:
43423 143rd Street
Webster, SD  57274

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