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8645. Black, A.L. and F.H. Siddoway. 1971. Tall wheatgrass barriers for soil erosion control and water conservation.. J. Soil Water Cons. 26:154-157.

3170. . 1988. International Symposium on Windbreaks Proceedings.. Agric. Ecosystems, Environ. 22/23.

3531. Kardos, L.T., P.I. Vlasoff and S.N. Twiss. 1944. Factors contributing to landslides in the Palouse region.. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Proc., 8:437-440.

8822. Brandle, J.R. and D.L. Hintz. 1987. An ill wind meets a windbreak.. Nebraska State Forester, Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0814.
Windbreaks are valuable for reducing soil erosion and lowering evaporative stress on crops, leading to higher yields. Crop yields begin to decline at a distance from the windbreak of about 5 times its height.

8831. Soil Conservation Service. 1990. Windbreaks and sustainable agriculture.. Fact Sheet - USDA-SCS.
Windbreaks don't cost, they pay. They reduce erosion, increase crop yields, improve water quality, and provide wildlife habitat. Yield increases due to windbreaks of 23% (winter wheat) to 100% (alfalfa) have been measured. There are other fact sheets on windbreaks discussing herbaceous barriers, erosion control, and economics.

8840. Kuhn, G., J.R. Brandle, and W.J. Rietveld. 1990 June. Forestry's role in sustainable agriculture.. paper presented at Great Plains Agr. Council Forestry Comm. meeting, Colorado Springs, CO.
Windbreaks increase crop yields by protection from dessication, improved snow conservation and distribution, and reduced evaporative demand. Windbreaks investment is usually paid for in 10-20 years and more than compensates for any lost production resulting from land planted to trees.

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