Planting Our Prairie
We began restoring native prairie and wetland on about 60 acres in 1994. Prior to restoration work the area was planted to a corn/soybean rotation for many years. With guidance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we disked and planted using a special seed drill furnished by the Soil and Water Conservation Service. For several years, we broadcast additional seed and placed native plant seedling plugs. Periodic spring burning along with hand pulling of certain non-native perennials such as white and yellow sweet clover, has allowed the native plants to compete. We tapped into several state and federal programs to accomplish this project.
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