Read about prairie strips in Corn & Soybean Digest. STRIPS Farmer Liaison Tim Youngquist says, “Each field is unique; each farmer’s entrepreneurial spirit is different. We consider equipment width and ‘farmability’ to avoid dramatically changing a field’s existing farming pattern.”
Got your harvest in the bin? Fall, winter, and early spring are great times for learning about, laying out, and seeding prairie strips. See our Practice Establishment & Management page and FAQ list for more information. Read more about Estimating the Cost of Prairie Strips on Your Farm
Our cooperators are best at explaining why prairie strips are a practical farmland conservation tool. We've collected a few of their testimonials on this new web page. Check back in the future for more. Read more about Why Prairie Strips? Our Farmer & Farm Landowner Cooperators Explain
The Become a Prairie Strips Consultant program for Technical Service Providers (TSPs), Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs), and other farm advisors offers education for supporting installation and maintenance of prairie strips. See our list of participants who completed the program at the Bluestem, Coneflower, and Prairie Clover levels as of October 18, 2 Read more about Prairie Strips Consultants
Seth Watkins is a cow-calf livestock farmer from Clarinda, Iowa. He also farms 800 ac of corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa. He chatted with Lisa Schulte Moore from the STRIPS team on June 16, 2017 about why he sees prairie strips as a good option for his farm. He also shared some of his experiences as a farmer in establishing and farming around prairie strips.
Lisa: What were your goals in establishing prairie strips?
Lee Tesdell owns and manages Tesdell Century Farm located in Polk County, Iowa. His great grandfather bought the family farm in 1884 and it currently includes 80 acres of corn and soybeans, alfalfa hay, and streamside buffer strips. He employs a variety of conservation practices including no-till, cover crops, grass waterways, buffer and filter strips, a bioreactor, and a saturated buffer. He chatted with Farnaz Kordbacheh from the STRIPS team on March 9, 2018 about why he sees prairie strips as a good option for his farm.
Darwin Pierce is the Farm Manager at Whiterock Conservancy, 5,500 acre non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids, Iowa. Whiterock's mission is to balance sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection, and public recreation. Mr. Pierce was interviewed by Rob Davis, Whiterock's Conservation Land Manager, in March, 2018 about why he pursued prairie strips as a practice for one of the row-crop fields at the Conservancy.
Rob: How were you first introduced to prairie strips?