Iowa State University Extension has released five free publications on prairie strips, a conservation practice that involves converting 10% of a row-cropped field to prairie vegetation. The practice has been shown to keep soil in place, improve soil quality, reduce nitrogen and phosphorus entering water bodies, and enhance wildlife habitat. The publications, available online, include the following: A Landowner's Guide to Prairie Strips provides an introduction to prairie strips. Prairie Strips: Small Changes, Big Impacts summarizes the scientific research underpinning prairie strips. The Cost of Prairie Strips breaks down the establishment and maintenance costs of prairie strips. Farming with Prairie Strips provides an introduction for farmers. Finally, Installing Prairie Strips: Frequently Asked Questions provides a detailed review of factors farmers and landowners should consider when implementing prairie strips.
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