“We all know the Colorado River Basin is experiencing significant reductions in the amount of water available for both agriculture and human populations downstream,” she said. “And so one thing that is of interest for these crops in Colorado is that there’s the potential that they will need less irrigation.” She added, “It’s not magic, … Continue reading Can Kernza perennial grain help Colorado farmers use less water?
Kernza perennial grain was recently mentioned on NPR’s show Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal in a segment called “My Economy.” It featured Minnesota farmer Anne Schwagerl of Prairie Point Farm. She tells a compelling story about using Kernza to diversify her operation, improve soil health, and be climate smart.
Good Beer Hunting looks at the promise and challenges of developing new grains for the brewing industry. It features Kernza perennial grain and voices from Sustain-a-Grain, Prairie Point Farm, Bang Brewing, Ivory Bill Brewing Co, Free State Brewing Company, and The Land Institute.
Twin Cities Public Television’s news show Almanac recently featured the Minnesota Kernza perennial grain story, including Jacob Jungers, Don Wyse, Carmen Fernholz, Bang Brewing, and Alexandria High School FFA.
In a new article, the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper covers perennial crops, including Kernza® perennial grain. “Falling rain easily washes nutrients out of fallow fields and into nearby waterways. Phosphorus that flows with eroding farm soils feeds algae in Minnesota’s lakes; nitrogen seeps down into groundwater, fouling rural water wells… Nitrogen also travels farther down … Continue reading Year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River
“Having new crops like Kernza, and improving upon them, is what needs to happen to succeed in the future with changing climate.” New article from the Star Tribune on adapting to extreme weather from the farmer’s perspective.
Agweek covers how Alexandria High School in Minnesota is planting test plots to help its ag students learn more about Kernza, which has been getting some buzz in recent years for its multiple uses as a forage, a grain that can be used in the kitchen, and a plant beneficial to water quality and the environment. … Continue reading High school breaks ground with Kernza test plot in Minnesota
“Our crop was pretty much the only green field around that wasn’t irrigated,” he recalled. “It (Kernza) is very efficient, very hardy … we were quite pleased with how it was growing.” Canada’s National Observer covers the emerging success of Kernza® perennial grain in the Canadian breadbasket.
Hot Farm, Part 3. Grain of the Future is a new podcast from the Food & Environment Reporting Network, that travels across the Midwest, talking to farmers about what they are doing, or could be doing, to combat climate change. Episode 3 is all about Kernza® perennial grain and the community working to make it a reality. This … Continue reading Hot Farm: New Podcast Asks if Kernza is the Grain of the Future
Local Cold Spring, Minnesota FFA at ROCORI high school planted 16 acres of Kernza® perennial grain and conducted cooking experiments, all with support from FFA Alumni, supporters and volunteer farmers advisors. Read more at online newspaper The Land.