Prairie Strips for Improved Soil Retention, Water Quality and Habitat Creation

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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From Missouri Prairie Foundation: 

Prairie strips are a new conservation practice that use native grasses and flowers to control erosion, filter water, create habitat, and much more. Iowa State University Agricultural Specialist Tim Youngquist will discuss details about the design, installation, and maintenance of prairie strips on corn and soybean ground.

The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will be 45 minutes including a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants as well as posted to our YouTube channel.

Tim Youngquist is an Agriculture Specialist with the STRIPS (Science Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips) program at Iowa State University. In this role, he helps farmers throughout the Midwest design and implement in-field buffer strips using native perennial prairie species. His professional and academic experiences have given him expertise in a wide variety of skills, including native plant identification and establishment, production agriculture, on-the-ground farm and natural community stewardship; and proficiency in geographic information systems, as well as various spreadsheet and database programs. Tim grew up on a century farm in northwest Iowa, near Kiron, which has been continuously farmed by his family since 1871; he is very proud of that fact and is highly motivated to keep the land resilient and productive. In addition to his work at ISU he assists his father with all aspects of their corn and soybean operation. As part of their own conservation efforts, Tim has been overseeing a project to create buffer strips using native prairie in fields and riparian zones on their land.