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Much of Iowa and the Midwest today is covered by corn and soybean crops that have a shallow root system and only remain in the ground 5-6 months out of the year. This can leave both soil and nutrients vulnerable.
However, by integrating strips of perennial prairie plants right into crop fields, water movement across the landscape is slowed, and reduced sediment, phosphorus, and nitrogen export, plus increased biodiversity can be realized. Let’s all slow the flow! Tune in as the Water Rocks! team, with special guest Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, gives us an in-depth look at how it all works as they SLOW JAM Prairie Strips.
Video directed by Alyssa Dreeszen
Music and lyrics by Ann Staudt (Inspired by The Roots)
Music used courtesy of Smiling Stone Soup
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