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Water Quality Evaluation of Integrating Strips of Native Prairie into Rowcrop Agricultural Fields

Authors: Chris Witte (Iowa State University) , Matthew J. Helmers (Iowa State University) , Lisa A. Schulte-Moore (Iowa State University) , Matthew Z. Liebman (Iowa State University) , Tim Youngquist (Iowa State University)

  • Water Quality Evaluation of Integrating Strips of Native Prairie into Rowcrop Agricultural Fields

    Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

    Water Quality Evaluation of Integrating Strips of Native Prairie into Rowcrop Agricultural Fields

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Abstract

Tallgrass prairie once covered more than 85 percent of the total land area of the state of Iowa. Currently less than 0.01 percent of the original ground cover remains. The remnant prairies largely exist in small blocks along railroad right-of-ways, cemetery edges, and other marginal locations. Prairie is a diverse ecosystem consisting of grasses, legumes, sedges, and non-legume forbs. In addition to the plant communities, prairie provides habitat for a wide range of native birds, mammals, and beneficial insects. Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) seeks to integrate conservation and rowcrop production and use science to understand the effects prairie has on the surrounding cropland. The objective of this study was to evaluate the water quality benefits provided by prairie strips.

How to Cite:

Witte, C. & Helmers, M. J. & Schulte-Moore, L. A. & Liebman, M. Z. & Youngquist, T., (2020) “Water Quality Evaluation of Integrating Strips of Native Prairie into Rowcrop Agricultural Fields”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2019(1).

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01 Apr 2020
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