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STRIPS Program Helps Soil
Hundreds of years ago wild prairie grass covered the state, and contributed to Iowa’s productive soils. Now there’s less than one percent of land in the state that has it. But a group of ISU researchers are trying to use natural grasses to help with conservation with Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) program. At Iowa State test plots, they’re working on ways for the grasses to live alongside corn and beans.