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.
Some research suggests the beneficial insects, including pollinators and the predators of insect pests, associated with prairie strips could help boost yield within adjacent crops, but this is still an area of ongoing research.