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September 7th, 2017
AMES, Iowa — A series of publications includes everything farmers and landowners need to know about a conservation practice developed by Iowa State University scientists that has proven environmental benefits.
The Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project involves converting 10 percent of a row-cropped field to strategically placed prairie strips. The practice has been shown to keep soil in place, improve soil quality, reduce nitrogen and phosphorus from entering water bodies and enhance wildlife habitat.
“We’re excited about these new publications,” said Lisa Schulte Moore, STRIPS project co-lead and Iowa State professor of natural resource ecology and management. “They incorporate a substantial amount of practical experience the team has gained in the last few years working with farmers and farmland owners to implement prairie strips on their farms, in addition to our science findings.”
Five publications were recently published by Iowa State University Extension. They are available free of charge on the Extension Store.
The STRIPS publications include:
Several fields around the state have been converted to prairie strips. Demonstration sites are available for visits at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City.
A field day Sept. 21 at the J.H. Roadman Memorial Park in Grundy County will present information about STRIPS.