A Kernza research update

Grain and grazing combo a work in progress

By Martha Hoffman Kerestes

Kernza continues to gain traction as a perennial grain crop, with about 2,400 acres grown in the U.S. today. Kernza is the trademark owned by The Land Institute for intermediate wheatgrass varieties (IWGs) developed for grain harvest.

But long before it was selected for that use, IWGs were being used as forages. A number of studies have been done recently on utilizing Kernza both ways. Since the last article in Graze (February 2020), more data has become available on the topic.

One such trial was conducted by Alan Kraus of Clean River Partners in cooperation with Jacob Jungers and others at the University of Minnesota, along with southeastern Minnesota farmers Kaleb Anderson and Dan Honken.”

To see this article in full, order the specific back issue you are interested in. This article appeared in the April 2024 issue of Graze.