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Wind Erosion:
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Cultivated Crop Production Between Alley Cropping Tree Rows in the Great Plains

W.A. Geyer, W.J. Lamont, and C.E. Long


Alley cropping can be used to develop a small woodlot and provide early income. Black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) and Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) were planted alternately in 40-ft rows affording wind protection benefits early on in the planting program. Agronomic, forage, and vegetable crops were planted in the alleys -- soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr.), smooth bromegrass (Bromus inermis Leyss.), tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.), muskmelons Cucumis melo L.), and pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo L.). Annual yields were high but varied with weather conditions. The highest income resulted from the tomato crops, but intensive cultural practices were necessary. Returns from agronomic and forage crops were much lower than those from vegetable crops.