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FAQ: Will prairie strips plug tile lines?

Will prairie strips plug tile lines?

Perforated tile are buried under cropland to remove excess water detrimental to crop production. Farmers and landowners considering installing strips of prairie plants in their fields have asked about the possibility of roots growing into tile lines. To address this potential, Tim Younquist and Matt Helmers used video cameras to evaluate root penetration into the tile lines under prairie and continuous corn.  Read more about FAQ: Will prairie strips plug tile lines?

Matthew J Helmers

Matt Helmers photo
Lead Contacts
Investigators
STRIPS Project Co-lead
Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Dean's Professor of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University
Area of Expertise: 
Hydrology, Water Quality