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Methods of Improving Conifer Survivals

Conifer species hardy enough to withstand the prevailing climatic conditions of the northern Great Plains are recommended for planting in windbreaks to protect farm buildings and livestock. Pine species are also recommended for planting in field windbreaks to reduce wind erosion of soil and to trap snow, a supplemental source of soil moisture. The climate of the northern Great Plains is characterized by hot summers, sparse precipitation, and strong drying winds that cause high evapo-transpiration from trees and farm crops. Because of these climatic factors, establishment of conifers is not easy.

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Author(s): Ernest J. George

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Issue 71 (1965)