Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS)updated: December 2014

STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The project is comprised of a team of scientists, educators, farmers, and extension specialists working on the prairie strips agricultural conservation practice. We strive to more fully understand the assembly, management, function, and value of prairie strips; to communicate our results to diverse audiences; and to assist others with the implementation of prairie strips on farm fields. Our initial research site is located at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City, Iowa. We are now implementing and maintaining research and demonstration sites across the Midwest, including on private commercial farms.

Mission

We strive to more fully understand the assembly, management, function, and value of prairie strips; to communicate our results to diverse audiences; and to assist others with the implementation of prairie strips on farm fields.

Vision 

We envision a future in which prairie strips are integrated along with other conservation practices into agricultural landscapes across the region, allowing societal goals of healthy food, sustainable fuel, clean water, abundant wildlife, and biological wonder to be met on the same acres. Results of our research at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge indicate this vision can be achieved, but additional research, education, and extension is needed to realize this vision. We work to improve the scientific understanding of the prairie strips practice, including how different configurations of prairie strips function, how they are best implemented in different agricultural landscapes, and how they should be managed to maintain multiple functions.  We communicate our results to diverse audiences and assist others in their efforts to research and implement prairie strips.

Guiding principles 

  • Let overall objective of resilient and sustainable agricultural landscapes guide the work
  • Seek collective wisdom and broad support by incorporating multiple perspectives; listen to and learn from a diversity of players, including team members, farmer/farm landowner adopters, and other stakeholders
  • Let the science speak: SCIENCE-based Trials...
  • Promote open communication within the STRIPS team and with stakeholders, including of roles, priorities, funding, etc.
  • Promote collaboration and efficiency by sharing resources and credit, if and where appropriate
  • Separate strategy from tactics; recognize difference between what is urgent versus important
  • Maintain resiliency through shared leadership
  • Create and maintain feedback loops for information sharing among team members, farmer/farm landowner adopters, and other stakeholders
  • Control quality with growth

Contact Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS)

Matthew J Helmers
STRIPS Research Lead, Professor Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Dean's Professor of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
4354 Elings Hall
Ames, Iowa  50011-3080
Phone: 515.294.6717


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Iowa

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