2018 Prairie on Farms Field Days - June 21 & September 13
The Prairie on Farms Program at the Tallgrass Prairie Center is providing two field days this year. The field days will address how to plant successful native prairie plantings on agricultural fields. The field days are free and welcome the public, conservation planners, technical service providers, landowners, land managers or anyone interested in learning more about the role native prairie vegetation can play on farms for water quality improvement, monarch recovery efforts and increasing habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Attendees will learn site preparation and planting techniques, the benefits of first year establishment mowing, how to determine the proper seed mix for your site, how to evaluate the success of your native vegetation planting and much more!
2018 Field Day Dates & Locations:
Thursday June 21st 5:30 – 7:30 – Roverud Family Farm, Elkader. – Farm location 19575 Sandpit Road, Elkader, IA 52043. Co-hosted by ISU-STRIPS, this field day will focus on integrating prairie into row crop fields for reduction in sediment and nutrient runoff. The event is free of charge and open to the public with a meal provided. There will be an opportunity to view prairie strips up close and take a field walk following the program. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated to communicate any logistics that may change due to inclement weather. RSVP to Staci.Mueller@uni.edu or 319-273-3866 by Monday, June 18.
Thursday September 13th 4:30-6:30 – J.H. Roadman Memorial Park, Dike. –This field day is in partnership with the ISU STRIPS team and will highlight the planting of in-field prairie strips and a saturated buffer. This field event takes place in the Middle Cedar Watershed. A complimentary dinner will be provided at the conclusion of the event. J.H. Roadman Memorial Park is located 1.5 miles west of Dike on County Road D-19 (160th St.). The park is located on the north side of the road. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated to communicate any logistics that may change due to inclement weather. RSVP to Staci.Mueller@uni.edu or 319-273-3866 by September 7.
First year establishment mowing, in field prairie strip, Dysart, Iowa. July 23, 2015.
First year establishment mowing on an in-field prairie strip planted in June 2015. Early management of recently planted prairie communities is critical for weed control. Fast-growing annual weeds can form a closed canopy, reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the native seedlings. Frequent mowing is an effective technique to prevent a weed canopy from forming in a new prairie planting. Mowing can be done with any type of mower as long as the mower deck can be raised at least 4 inches.