Tallgrass Prairie Center

Events

2019 Prairie on Farms Field Days - Wednesday June 19th and Thursday October 17th


The Prairie on Farms Program at the Tallgrass Prairie Center will provide two field days this year. The field days will address how to plant successful native prairie plantings on agricultural fields and will be 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!

June 19th - This field day will take place in Fayette County, right in the middle of Pollinator Week! The event will be from 9:00-12:00 Starting in West Union, Iowa at the USDA Service Center (120 N. Industrial Pkwy., West Union, Iowa 52175). Participants can expect a 1/2 day morning tour stopping at several farms where natives have been established. Attendees will have the opportunity to see different planting mixes and ask questions from conservation professionals and planting cooperators. This is open to the public and free of charge. Please dress for walking in tall vegetation. Travel between sites will be on your own. The event will take place rain or shine.  Contact information: Allie Rath (319) 330-6015

October 17th - This field day will take place at Roadman Farm, in Dike, IA. More information to come, but participants can expect to see in-field prairie strips planted in 2016, and learn about prescribed burning as an option for management. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the importance of fire in a native prairie planting, best practices, and also connect with local resources. If weather permits, we will conduct a small prescribed fire at the site.

For questions or more information, please contact Ashley Kittle at ashley.kittle@uni.edu or 319-273-3828.

 

 

 

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.