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Trees in Windbreaks





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 


For Immediate Release: March 31, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 

Trees in Windbreaks


The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry (RCF) encourages landowners in South Dakota to consider planting trees in late April through May to help protect crops, wildlife, fields, roads and farmsteads.

 

Trees provide natural protection from the wind and snow. They help prevent soil erosion, keep crops healthy and protect wildlife by adding habitat.

 

“Farmsteads are more efficient when shielded from the winds, saving owners money on energy use,” said service forester Nathan Kafer. “Windbreaks with five rows or more will block predominant winds, with conifers and shrubs providing winter protection and hardwoods shielding winds.”

 

Contact your local conservation district, USDA Service Center or RCF office for more information about how and where to properly plant a windbreak.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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