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Iowa Skipper Butterfly 'Canary in Coal Mine': A Warning Sign of Prairie Loss Consequences for Farmers, Wildlife Alike

August 21, 2023

Iowa Skipper Butterfly 'Canary in Coal Mine': A Warning Sign of Prairie Loss Consequences for Farmers, Wildlife Alike

Ava Mandolia, Investigate Midwest

Nearly 250 million acres of the Great Plains have been converted to cropland as of 2020. Farmers and wildlife both suffer from the depletion of prairies.

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Infiltration within Native Prairie Vegetative Strips Embedded in Row Crop Fields Across Iowa

January 29, 2024

The integration of native prairie vegetative strips into row crop agriculture is a promising conservation strategy that has gained momentum in adoption rates throughout the US Midwest. Previous studies have shown that prairie strip establishment can lead to several positive soil and water quality outcomes, such as reductions in surface runoff and nutrient and sediment exports. However, the impacts of prairie strips on soil infiltration are not well known. Read more about Infiltration within Native Prairie Vegetative Strips Embedded in Row Crop Fields Across Iowa

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