Online Course
University of Illinois Extension

Purpose and Benefits of Windbreaks


I. Purpose and Benefits of Windbreaks

“Windbreaks are linear plantings of trees and shrubs designed to enhance crop production, protect people and livestock, and benefit soil and water conservation.

There are several types of windbreaks.

  • Field windbreaks protect a variety of wind-sensitive crops, control wind erosion, and increase bee pollination and pesticide effectiveness.
  • Livestock windbreaks help reduce animal stress and mortality, reduce feed consumption, and help reduce visual impacts and odors.
  • Living snowfences keep roads clean of drifting snow and increase driving safety. They can also spread snow evenly across a field, increasing spring soil moisture.”

How Windbreaks Work
University of Nebraska Extension, EC91-1763 B
James Brandle, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Sherman Finch, USDA NRCS