Comparing the Input Costs and Economic Returns of a Planted Windbreak in Central Maine
Wind exposure affects energy costs, early crop growth, irrigation efficiency, and erosion, but windbreaks are not widely used because of the perceived loss of already limited cropland. The farmer will establish a windbreak using fir, spruce, walnut, poplars, maples, and high-bush blueberries, and energy costs and crop yields will be monitored and compared with previous years. Wildlife data and carbon sequestration information will also be collected. Outreach will be through extension, soil and water conservation agencies, grower consortiums, and direct farmer contact.