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Tallgrass Prairie Center field days to focus on prairie strips

May 22, 2017
Contact: 

Staci Mueller, outreach coordinator, Tallgrass Prairie Center, 319-273-3866, staci.mueller@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center will demonstrate the practical use of prairie on working farms at field days slated for Tuesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 22.

The field days will focus on the applied use of prairie for water-quality improvement efforts and pollinator habitat. Discussion topics include stand evaluation, first- and second-year maintenance and weed control, and site-specific seed mix design. Additionally, research results comparing mowed and “no-mow” plots along with three different seed mixes will be shared.

Luze Farm Corp. will host the June 20 field day from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants should meet at the Luze farm, located at 5718 12th Avenue, Dysart. Morning refreshments will be served.

Those attending the June 22 field day will meet at the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farm Borlaug Learning Center, located at 3327 290th Street, Nashua. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and will include a complimentary meal.

Field days are free and open to the public. Producers, landowners, farm managers, technical service providers, conservation agencies and professionals, and those interested in learning more about the benefits of prairie on working farms are highly encouraged to attend. 

Participants planning to attend can pre-register by contacting Ashley Kittle at 319-273-3828 or ashley.kittle@uni.edu by June 16.

Part of the Prairie on Farms project, the field days are supported by a Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture research grant and these partnering agencies: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Center, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Practical Farmers of Iowa, Monarch Joint Venture, People's Company, Xerces Society, Iowa State University STRIPS, The Luze Family Corporation, Black Hawk SWCD and Cedar River Watershed Coalition.