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An interdisciplinary team of researchers from several ISU departments and collaborating institutions are investigating native prairie strips as a tool for improving the function and integrity of row-cropped farms. The project, STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips), shows that small areas of perennial prairie, strategically placed on the contours and foot slope of a row-cropped watershed, provide multifunctional benefits for farmland health.
The STRIPS experiment began in 2008 on 14 small watersheds at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. The project has attracted substantial attention and interest from diverse stakeholders.
STRIPS has moved into its second phase, implementation on public and private land throughout Iowa: Go to the interactive/live map on Google