Woodland Trust Media Centre - Good farmers plant trees | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

The report ... pulls together studies from UK and other temperate agriculture systems to show how trees planted as shelter belts help to reduce wind speeds, meaning water loss through evapotranspiration1 is slowed. This allows the sheltered crop to retain more water and use it efficiently. ... In the UK such shelter belts are relatively uncommon, but studies have shown cereal yields of sheltered crops can be higher than that for unsheltered crops, particularly in years when the weather is hot and dry.