Prairie Strips

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Prairie Strips

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

Benefits of Prairie Strips

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

  • Wildflowers and grasses feed and shelter native wildlife
  • Support 2.1 – 3.5x more pollinators and birds, in both species richness and abundance**
An aerial view of prairie strips in an Iowa crop field. Photo by Tim Youngquist.
An aerial view of prairie strips in an Iowa crop field. Photo by Tim Youngquist.

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

Gary Guthrie

Nevada, Iowa

Prudenterra can help you implement each step in the process

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

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

Black-eyed susans bloom adjacent to corn.
Black-eyed susans bloom adjacent to corn.
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Enhance Your Farm with Prairie Strips

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