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Kernza® Grower Guide

Welcome to the Kernza® Grower Guide!

The movement to perennialize agriculture seeks to better protect our surface and groundwaters, keep soil in place, store atmospheric carbon, restore ecosystems, and transform your local landscape – and we’re glad you’re here. This guide was developed to provide growers with the information they need to grow and store Kernza perennial grain, from rotational planning and planting considerations, to management, combine settings, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. We also provide tips and references for where and how to explore market channels.

Those who grow Kernza quickly realize that they are stepping into a different sort of growing community, one that is communicative, collaborative, and innovative. If you value those principles, you will likely enjoy this new crop and connecting with peers who also care about conservation and rejuvenating rural landscapes. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of potential with perennial grains. Thank you for joining us.