STRIPS Farmer Liaison presents on "Spreading Prairie to Iowa Farms" in this recent Iowa Learning Farms webinar. Tim is the best person on the team to ask questions of when it comes to on-farm implementation of prairie strips.
The STRIPS team has designed an infographic and one page description of STRIPS benefits for soil, water quality, and biodiversity.
You can download the one-pager here: STRIPS Benefits Infographic.pdf (169 KB).
Prairie strips is a farmland conservation practice that have been shown to yield disproportionate benefits for soil, water, and biodiversity when integrated into corn and soy fields. Explore this page to learn more about the design and benefits of STRIPS.
Have questions about prairie strips? Visit our new Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Have questions about the potential for prairie strips on your land? Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) brochure: 2015-05-prairie-strips-my-land-frequently-asked-questions.pdf. (1.2 MB)
Will prairie strips help increase my crop yield?
To date, we’ve seen no effects of prairie strips on yields in adjacent cropped areas. Of course, converting cropland to prairie strips will reduce the amount of land that is cropped. Payments for prairie strips from federal conservation programs and other sources can help offset this cost.
Will prairie strips eliminate erosion completely? Do I still need grass waterways once I plant prairie strips?
Prairie strips will not completely eliminate erosion, and you may still need grass waterways. Data from our initial work at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge has shown that prairie strips can dramatically reduce sediment loss from the field, but there are still signs of in-field erosion, especially along the fall line of the watershed where a grass waterway could be quite effective.