Upcoming Snow Control Webinars

University of Minnesota Extension educators will be presenting two webinars on snow control next month. Plan to join us online December 2 for information about snow control tools (10-10:45 am) and using willows as a living snow fence (1-1:45 pm). SNOW CONTROL TOOLS 10:00—10:45 ƒam Cost-Benefit Tool (value of these snow control measures) • Modifying road ditches • Planting living snow […]

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Expiring Conservation Reserve Program Options

Over 292,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Minnesota will be expiring from this USDA program on September 30, 2012. Conservationists are concerned that many of these CRP acres which have been planted to native grasses and forbs may be converted to annual row crops due to economic land use practices and returns. This conversion will potentially increase […]

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Windbreaks and living snow fences

Windbreaks are barriers used to reduce and redirect wind. They usually consist of trees and shrubs, but may also be perennial or annual crops and grasses, fences, or other materials. The reduction in wind speed behind a windbreak modifies the environmental conditions or microclimate in the sheltered zone. As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the […]

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