Shelter belt design program scheduled

Shelter belt design program scheduled Driving through South Dakota, it is still possible to find blocks of trees, now over 100 years old, that were trees planted as tree claims. Today many farmers continue to plant trees around buildings and along fields. These shelterbelts provide a variety of benefits to people, animals, buildings, crops and natural resources.

By reducing the force of the wind, fuel costs can be reduced, livestock is protected and crops can do better. If properly designed, windbreaks can help capture snow and distribute it across the field allowing the melting snow to be used to increase soil moisture and improve crop yields.

The Cooperative Extension Service of the South 2 Field Education Unit will be holding a program on shelterbelt design and management on Tuesday, March 11. The program will cover the importance of shelterbelts, design principles and weed control.

Darrell Deneke, IPM coordinator, South Dakota State University, will provide information on weed control and herbicide use. Connie Wulff, district manager, Clay County Conservation District, will speak in how to properly construct a shelterbelt/windbreak and design principles. April Borders, Clay County Extension educator, agronomy, will speak on tree species selection, shelterbelt management and renovation.

The program is provided free of charge to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. The first program will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Beresford library. The program will be offered a second time at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Yankton. For more information, contact your local Extension office.

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