Herbaceous Wind Barriers
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 Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support documents 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 forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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