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Conservation Practices
Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide


Wind Erosion Control

Herbaceous wind barriers are narrow strips of tall vegetation alternating between rows of crops.
Herbaceous wind barriers are narrow strips of tall vegetation alternating between rows of crops.

Wind erosion control practices reduce soil erosion by slowing wind speed, which prevents soil particles from detaching and becoming airborne.

Herbaceous wind barriers, cross-wind ridges and cross-wind trap strips involve planting single or multiple rows of perennial, usually herbaceous (non-woody) perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction, between bands of cropland susceptible to wind erosion.

Cross-wind stripcropping involves growing crops in strips perpendicular to prevailing winds. Equal-width strips of different crops are grown in rotation and arranged so that strips susceptible to wind erosion alternate with strips of protective, wind-resistant crops or crop residues.

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More information

Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Contact

See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District