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Plant Iowa Native

Plant Iowa Native is an initiative of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Plant Iowa Native helps link consumers, private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies for the purpose of promoting native Iowa plants. Plant Iowa Native maintains a list of native seed dealers and technical service providers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prairie strips at NSNWR by Meghann JarchowPrairie strips is a farmland conservation practice that uses strategically placed native prairie plantings in crop fields. The practice has been tested by the STRIPS team since 2007 on experimental plots at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and increasingly on commercial farms across Iowa. Here we present our responses to the Frequently Asked Questions we receive on prairie strips at conferences and field days, and through email. The information was prepared by team members, and will be updated over time as needed, as we continue to learn. The answers below are general in nature, and may not apply in specific situations. Resources are provided with each answer. Read more about Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Should I be concerned about Palmer amaranth?

Should I be concerned about Palmer amaranth in my prairie strips? 

Yes. Palmer amaranth is a noxious and aggressive weed that is now widely distributed in Iowa. It is difficult to control and can strongly affect crop production. It was unintentionally brought into the state on agricultural equipment and within seed mixes for native plantings as well as in cotton seed and gin trash used in dairy rations.  Additionally, some seeds of this species could have come in via hay and/or livestock bedding. Read more about FAQ: Should I be concerned about Palmer amaranth?

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