Undergraduate Student Work

Work/Availability

Open Access Undergraduate Student Work

Type of Work

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and create wildlife habitat.

• The CP-42 program provides cost share and an annual rental payment to farmers in order to establish native prairie species for pollinator habitat.

County NRCS technical staff make recommendations for seed mix to match the dominant soil moisture class in a parcel (e.g. dry, mesic, wet) with the appropriate plant species.

• There has been little to no research prior to the Biology SURP initiative to monitor species establishment as a function of soils.

• A poor match between seed mix and soil type could increase costs and harm environmental benefits.

• We sampled the soil in three CRP with nearly identical mesic seed mixes, plus a high quality remnant sand prairie in Black Hawk County, to compare the designed seed mix with the actual soil conditions

Date of Work

2018

Department

Department of Biology

Department

Tallgrass Prairie Center

First Advisor

Chad Heinzel

Second Advisor

Laura Jackson

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Copyright

©2018 Jennifer Pauley, Chad Heinzel, and Laura Jackson

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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