On the Ground videos offer snapshots of research outcomes from Leopold Center grant projects. 

Roller-Crimpting Cereal Rye 

This video is a recording of a webinar (June 2, 2020) produced by Practical Farmers of Iowa with support from ISU's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Organic Association, Pipeline Foods, MIdwest Organic Research & Education Service and Rodale Institute Midwest Organic Center. Watch the video Impact of Roller-Crimping Cereal Rye,

Adding Prairie Strips

This video was produced by the STRIPS Research Team to provide an overview of how cultivating prairie conservation strips between row-crops can positively impact farmland and ecosystem health. Watch the video Restoring the Balance: Prairie Conservation Strips.

For more information about the STRIPS project visit the website:

Nabbing Nitrates: Before Water Leaves the Farm

These videos were produced for M&M Divide Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) with support from the Leopold Center and 13 collaborating groups. The videos show what happens below the ground to remove nitrates from water when various conservation practices are used.

View the following videos on Vimeo:

Land Tenure and Land Ethics

These videos were developed by the Drake Agricultural Law Center with support from the Leopold Center Policy Initiative. The videos, and a host of other resources, are part of the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure project.

View the following videos on the Drake Ag Law Vimeo channel:

  • Women Landowners: Land Management and Conservation Conversations 
  • New Farmers and Women Landowners: Advice from Former Beginning Farmers
  • Conservation on Leased Land
  • Integrating Prairie into Cropland
  • Iowa's Land Tenure and Stewardship Policy Project
  • Helping Farmers Fulfill the Land Ethic
  • Leasing Land to a New Small Farmer
  • The Iowa Landowner's Duty of Stewardship 

Why Local? Why Now?

This series of videos show the importance of local food for Iowa communities, farmers, young people and our landscape:

ISU Horticulture Resources

ISU Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab: Under the direction of Ajay Nair, this lab has been conducting research on vegetable production on weed management, soil health and cover crops. This work has been supported by the Leopold Center.

Biochar in Potato and Sweet Corn Production Strip Tillage and Row Covers
Lettuce Season Extension With Row Covers Radishes
Mustard Cover Crop Sweet Potato Harvester
Sorghum Sudangrass (SARE 2013) Melon Ripening, Correct Stage to Harvest
Tomato Grafting Summer Cover Crops for Fall Vegetable Production
Differentiate Crabgrass vs. Switchgrass Strip-till Pumpkins
Roller Crimper in Action Oilseed Radishes
Conservation Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production  


Rainwater Catchment From a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

This video is based on work done with a Leopold Center competitive grant.

Farm Energy

Iowa farmers share how they are reducing fossil fuel use on their farms in these short videos: