Prairie STRIPS

An aerial view of prairie strips in an Iowa crop field. Photo by Tim Youngquist.

Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips

Restore 10% of your crop fields to diverse, native prairie

  • Reduce soil erosion
    • Prevent 95% of soil from leaving fields*
    • Less costly alternative to terraces
  • Improve water quality
    • Reduce nitrogen running off of your field by 70% in surface runoff and 72% in groundwater*
    • Cut phosphorus losses in surface runoff by 77%*
  • Provide forage and habitat for wildlife

    Black-eyed susans bloom adjacent to corn.

    • Wildflowers and grasses feed and shelter native wildlife
    • Support 2.1 – 3.5x more pollinators and birds, in both species richness and abundance**

What farmland owners say about prairie STRIPS

“Coupling strips with no-till, there has been virtually no erosion on our field, and ahh, the beauty!” – Gary Guthrie, Nevada.

“It’s conservation with a purpose.” – Tim Smith, Eagle Grove.

Prudenterra can help you implement each step in the process:

Native flowers bloom in a prairie strip near Lewis, Iowa.

  • Design and layout
  • Seeding and seed mix selection
  • Prescribed burning, mowing, and spraying
  • Access financial assistance

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*In STRIPS watersheds, compared to all-crop watersheds. Data source.

**Article: Prairie strips improve biodiversity and the delivery of multiple ecosystem services from corn–soybean croplands

Reviewed by the STRIPS science team at Iowa State University for science/economic content related to prairie strips on April 3rd, 2018.