Windbreak in field with tractorEmploying tree and shrub species to protect farm sites, residences or other infrastructure from wind and snow impacts.

Windbreak practices (shelterbelts, timberbelts, hedgerows, and living snowfences) are planted and managed as part of a crop or livestock operation to enhance crop production, protect crops and livestock, manage snow distribution, and/orcontrol soil erosion. Field windbreaks are used to protect a variety of wind-sensitive row crops, forage, tree, and vinecrops to control soil erosion, and to provide other benefits, such as improved insect pollination of crops and enhanced wildlife habitat. Livestock windbreaks help reduce animal stress and mortality, improve feed and water consumption, enhance weight gain and calving success rates and control odor. Timberbelts are managed windbreaks designed to increase the value of the forestry component.

– from Training Manual for Applied Agroforestry Practices – 2006 ed. Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri-Columbia.