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Herbaceous Wind Barriers

Herbaceous wind barriers applied to a crop field

Practice Code: 603
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

Herbaceous wind barriers are rows or narrow strips of upright, perennial vegetation established across the prevailing wind direction.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduces wind erosion
  • Protects crops from damage by wind-borne particles
  • Improves water quality
  • Provides wildlife food and cover
  • Helps manage snow distribution for plant available soil moisture

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Cover Crop (340)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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