By taking a little out of production a farmer can gain lots.
Total nitrogen in surface water is reduced by 91%. In-field prairie strips and buffers retain soil and nutrients on the field and have an added wildlife benefit.
Seth Watkins, Farmer, Page County Iowa
- 44 % reduction in water runoff
- 95 % reduction in soil loss
- 90 % reduction in Phosphorus runoff
- 84 % reduction in Nitrate-N runoff
- No difference in per acre corn and soybean yields
- No difference in weed abundance
- Reduced emissions of heat-trapping gases, especially nitrous oxide
- Potentially improved beneficial insects and wildlife
- Estimated at about $40 per treated acre
- Compatible with existing federal and state cost-share programs so farmers who implement them can recoup some of their costs
- Iowa State University’s Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) research initiative.
- Frequently asked questions from Iowa State University’s STRIPS project about integrating Prairie Strips into the farm landscape.
- Iowa State University Extension’s Landowner Guide to Prairie Strips.
- The Tallgrass Prairie Center’s website which features general information as well as examples of prairie restoration on working farms.