About STRIPS

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STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The STRIPS project is composed of a team of scientists, educators, farmers, and extension specialists working on the prairie strips farmland conservation practice. Our research shows that prairie strips are an affordable option for farmers and farm landowners seeking to garner multiple benefits. By converting 10% of a crop field to diverse, native perennials farmers and farmland owners can reduce the amount of soil leaving their fields by 90% and the amount of nitrogen leaving their fields through surface runoff by up to 85%. Prairie strips also provide potential habitat for wildlife, including pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

Need more information on just what prairie strips are? Click here.

Or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

To watch a short movie about the history, design, and benefits of prairie strips please click here.

To find out about our team, mission, vision, and guiding principles: Read more.

Interested in implementing prairie strips on your land? Contact prairiestrips@iastate.edu today! 

Recent News

October 10, 2017

This news release and video summarizes the team's evaluation of corn and prairie root penetration into tile lines.

October 3, 2017

The STRIPS team publishes in one of the worlds top scientific journals. Click here to learn more.

September 26, 2017

The STRIPS team was recently awarded grants from Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, The McKnight Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation to train TSPs and CCAs for certification in prairie strips design, establishment, and monitoring. Click title for more info.

September 7, 2017

A series of publications includes everything farmers and landowners need to know about the prairie strips conservation practice that has proven environmental benefits.

May 18, 2017

Information on prairie strips will be presented at several field days and extension events in 2017. Click the header above for the full list.