MISSOURI — With Winter in full swing, Spring seems far off, but Missouri farmers can begin protecting their fields by planting a windbreaks to reduce the effects of wind on freshly planted fields.

KMZU’s Dan Watson was able to talk with Andy Luke, Agronomy Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, about what a windbreak is and how it can specifically help keep wind off of fields in the Spring.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Friday on KMZU.



Even though they are planted in the Spring, windbreaks provide year-round protection for fields, particularly when Winter winds bring snow and ice.

“Snowbreaks are very effective at being controlled by having trees or shrubs,” Luke said, “and what they do is they break up the wind that is blowing around these areas and then it’s going to effect basically where the snow is going to land.”

While it may seem tempting to plant the same species of trees and shrubs in a windbreak, Luke advises that the species within each row be mixed to help prevent disease and infestation.

“One thing to keep in mind is that you might want to diversify the species that you plant because then you’re susceptible to insect or diseases coming in and wiping out the entire windbreak,” Luke stated.