Comparing Infiltration Between Prairie Strips and Row Crop Fields Across Iowa with Iowa Learning Farms
August 16, 2023 with Eric Hennings Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University
In the webinar, "Comparing Infiltration Between Prairie Strips and Row Crop Fields Across Iowa," Henning will highligh research into the effects of prairie strips on soil health and water infiltration at a field scale. He will also discuss the inclusion of prairie strips (CP43) as a CRP practice in the most recent Farm Bill and ways that this can influence adoption of this emerging practice. "While prairie strips have been recognized for their positive impact on erosion control, water quality and wildlife habitat, it has also been noted that there are seasonal- and site-related variations in water infiltration performance of prairie strips," said Henning. "The positive contributions in ecosystem services of prairie strips are disproportionately high when compared to the land area they occupy and what is happening in the soil is integral to may of these functions."