Perennial Future: Kernza®


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2020. PowerPoint slides from the presentation may be available for download here.

Workshop Session: Saturday I

Intermediate wheatgrass, better known by its trademark name, Kernza, is the first perennial grain to be released for commercial production. It establishes quickly and can produce a marketable yield for several years. Learn about this hardy crop’s potential in organic rotations and fields transitioning to organic. We’ll cover the latest agronomic and economic information to help you decide if Kernza could be a good crop to add to your rotation in the coming years.

Constance Carlson works for the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP). She also facilitates market development for crops in the UMN Forever Green Initiative.
Colin Cureton is a supply chain development specialist for the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative, which is developing new crops for the Upper Midwest to diversify agricultural landscapes, develop new market opportunities, and deliver environmental benefits.
Jake Jungers is an assistant professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota.
Carmen Fernholz grows certified organic grain and forage crops at A-Frame Farm in Minnesota. He is the organic grain specialist for MOSES and OGRAIN. He and his wife, Sally, are the 2005 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year.