Prairie Strips Provide Multiple Benefits
The American Society of Agronomy reported on research from Iowa, showing that prairie strips of diverse native vegetation planted on unprofitable farm ground deliver a range of benefits. In studies from STRIPS: Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, converting just 10% of a row-cropped field to prairie strips reduced soil loss by 95% and also reduced overland water flow and nutrient loss. The addition of prairie strips also increased the number and diversity of beneficial insects and pollinators. New research is looking at developing marketable products such as renewable energy from prairie strips.