Mower County farmer Wayne DeWall (left) looks at an informational sheet being held by Mower SWCD watershed technician James Fett on Sept. 15, 2021, at a public event on prairie strips. The group gathered in a prairie strip established on the DeWall farm as part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Field to Stream Partnership in the Root River’s headwaters in eastern Mower County.

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Drone view of the DeWall prairie strip located between two corn fields.
A pollinator scene from the DeWall farm’s prairie strip in September 2021.
Drone view by Mower SWCD of the prairie strip on the DeWall field near Grand Meadow.
Attendees of a prairie strip field day for learn Sept. 15, 2021, about the water-sampling equipment on edge of the DeWall farm’s prairie strip. Runoff goes through the station and into a grass waterway. This is station is part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Field to Stream Partnership research.
Prairie strip pictured by a drone on the DeWall farm.

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