An Iowa State University research project has found that prairies, known for an abundance of deep roots, don’t interfere with tile systems running under them.
The Iowa State University research project known as Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips, or STRIPS, was recently awarded grants that will enable the STRIPS team to train Technical Service Providers and Certified Crop Advisers for certification in prairie strips design, establishment and monitoring, making this conservation tool accessible to more Iowa farmers.
Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is a prairie plant native to North America that will add softness to any home garden, especially around a border. Other suitable planting areas include rock gardens, prairies and pastures, and along roadsides. It has a low, fountain-like appearance, with leaves that fall gracefully towards the ground. Plains Indians used the seeds to make flour and birds seek the seeds as food.