Friday, February 21, 2014

Holding Back the Snow

The snow continues to blow around in GriggsDakota and we we continue to try to influence where it settles down. That is why we build the snow fence. 
It is also an important reason to plant trees for shelter belts.
 Any thing on the ground can stop some snow. Grass or stubble provides a windbreak close to the ground. The snow on the field insulates the ground and gives shelter to wildlife. 
Every Fall we erect a snow fence across the road from the bins where much of our crop is stored. 
The fence, in combination with the trees you see in the background, work to stop the snow in the field.  
 Snow on the field is more likely to provide ground moisture, especially if we have a gradual Spring melt.
 The snow fence helps to keep the road open and reduces the amount of snow collecting near the bins. 
Our little snow fence has had a work out this Winter. It is doing a good job. It holds back more snow than either the single row of trees or the stubble alone would. 
 Trees in straight lines do more to stop snow. This seven row shelter belt holds back snow as it blows though its stand of trees. It actually reduces the wind velocity on the South side as our prevailing Northwest wind howls through the trees.
Ground cover, shelter belts, and our dear little snow fence 
All work together to help make Winter just a bit less fierce in GriggsDakota.

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