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Project ID: E2009-18Abstract
Iowa was once awash with native prairie vegetation, and now it is covered with annual crops. This project looked at the different effects these two systems have on Iowa's landscape and natural resource base.Key Question: What are the environmental impacts of corn- and prairie-based systems on soil, water and air?
Lead investigator: Robert Horton, ISU Agronomy
Year of grant completion: 2012
This competitive grant project was part of the Leopold Center's Ecology Initiative.Topics: Conservation practices, Soils and agronomy, Water quality, quantity and management