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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Influence of Vegtation on Soil Loss by Wind Erosion

Author
item Armbrust, Dean

Submitted to: International Soil Conservation Organization Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: May 24, 1999
Publication Date: May 24, 1999
Citation: 10th International Soil Conservation Organization conference; 1999 May 24-29; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Interpretive Summary: Most wind erosion control measures are designed with some form of vegetative surface cover. These systems may employ shelterbelts, strip cropping, growing crops, and crop residues in various combinations or alone. This presentation will discuss examples of how these vegetative control measures impact the wind energy near the soil surface and how that alteration affects the amount of soil movement by wind.

Technical Abstract: Wind erosion remains a serious problem in many parts of the world. Maintaining adequate vegetative cover on the land is an effective way to control wind erosion. Conservation practices based on vegetation include field windbreaks, annual crop barrier strips, strip cropping, stubble mulching, cover crops, regrassing and reforestation. cross wind trap strips, and controlled grazing. All vegetative practices reduce wind erosion by reducing the speed of the wind at the soil surface, by reducing the length of the field exposed to the full force of the wind, and/or by trapping particles that are moving.

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