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Cost-Effective Native Seed Mix Design and First-Year Management
Farm Progress Reports
  • Justin Meissen, University of Northern Iowa
  • Dave Williams, University of Northern Iowa
  • Laura Jackson, University of Northern Iowa
Publication Year
Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
The decline of pollinators throughout the United States recently has prompted the USDA to create a conservation program designed to promote pollinator habitat. For the popular CP-42 pollinator program, conservation practice specifications intend to create forb-dominated stands of native vegetation that support pollinator use. As part of these specifications, seed mixes are required to have an overall seeding rate of 40 seeds/square ft, with a grass-to-forb ratio of 1:3 (10 seeds/square ft grass and 30 seeds/square ft forb). As interest in the CP-42 program has grown, seed vendors and other organizations have provided pre-packaged seed mixes to meet these program requirements, and practitioners have planted thousands of acres of such seed mixes over the past several years.
Citation Information
Justin Meissen, Dave Williams and Laura Jackson. "Cost-Effective Native Seed Mix Design and First-Year Management" (2017)
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