I believe a windbreak is essential, and would make it of Osage orange, maple, or cottonwood.
I believe a windbreak of box-elder or evergreens is beneficial but not essential.
Near Fargo we found some extra good specimens of Norway spruce, which I consider the best of all windbreak makers.
While I would not object to a windbreak on the south side, I do not think it necessary.
It could, however, be recommended as an integral part of a windbreak, or woodlot where the land owner has an apiary.
It is, perhaps, unnecessary to mention the value of a windbreak to a farm.
I think a windbreak of several rows of Osage orange on the south side is a necessity.
I tell you location has more to do with it than a windbreak in such a case.
A windbreak of heavy tree growth is desirable but never get near trees that may blow down in a storm.
The snow would surely come from that direction, and having a windbreak might mean considerable.