Windbreaks for agricultural field

Ron Wenrich woodtick at lebmofo.com
Wed Dec 3 17:43:07 EST 1997



TREEFARMER at webtv.net wrote:

> In furtherance of this particular discussion, let me throw out these
> thoughts for input:
>
> In our own "agroforestry" operation we noticed this year, via GPS yield
> monitoring equipment, that yields are reduced next to heavy shading
> trees but not lightly shading trees like Black Locust. We root pruned
> along the edge of the field, about 10' away from the base of the trees,
> but I'm not sure that was a good idea. The main problem seems to be that
> the ground next to the woods doesn't want to dry out which contributes
> to a lack of growth of the crops. My gut feeling is that in wet years
> one might be worse off, and in dry years, better off.
>
> Is anyone else dealing with this situation?

I noted in the field next to me, the corn did not do as well during dry
years.  It stretched as far as the root system of the trees.  It looked like
the trees were taking the moisture from the corn.  I think you'll find that
shade is more of a culprit than the lack of dryness.

RDW






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