STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips.
Made up of a multidisciplinary group, comprising scientists, educators, farmers, and extension
specialists, the STRIPS team conducts research on the prairie strips conservation practice.
A 10% allocation of crop land to prairie, consisting of a diverse mix of native perennials, farmers and landowners can reduce soil erosion by 90% and nitrogen loss by surface runoff up to 85%. This is really evident in the unprotected fields with the heavy rains we've received this weekend.
Prairie strips can also provide potential habitat for biodiversity, including wildlife, pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Enjoy this presentation on the STRIPS program given at the November 2015 Central Iowa Permaculture Guild meeting.
Spreading Prairie STRIPS to Iowa Farms for Improved Water Quality,
Soil Conservation, and Biodiversity
Tons of great information and resources to assist commercial growers help the land and waters of Iowa.
Follow these links for more information:
Have a great week!