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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Conserving Soil, Water and Nutrients with prairie strips

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.

These strips of prairie, should consist of a diverse mix of native perennials, and be placed at the base of a slope with another (or more depending on the field) higher up on the slope.

Together making up 10% of the field, these practices will reduce soil erosion by 90% and nitrogen loss by surface runoff up to 84%.

Prairie strips can also provide potential habitat for biodiversity, including wildlife, pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Follow this link for more great information and resources to assist commercial growers help the land and waters of Iowa.

Reviewed by the STRIPS science team at Iowa State University for science/economic content related to prairie strips on August, 15, 2018.

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