Extreme storms show value of windbreaks, shelterbelts
A recently born calf survived Winter Storm Ulmer by bedding down behind a windbreak. (Photo Courtesy: Mike Murphy, Middle Niobrara NRD)
"There was no reprieve for ranchers or their animals."
Between weathering commodity price swings and trade disputes, many producers need every inch of land in production to get into the black. This makes windbreaks a primary target for removal, along with their ability to shield an operation from widespread livestock losses.