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New Wheat Grass is Green in More Ways Than One

Publication: KEYC 12

Author: Alison Durheim

ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) — A new intermediate wheat grass, a first of its kind perennial crop, that’s been in the works for decades is hitting the soil and is green in more ways than one.

The new wheat grass, known as kernza, was developed by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, and the University of Minnesota through their Forever Green Initiative that has a mission to develop crops that don’t need to be planted annually.

The crops, such as kernza, put down deep roots over the course of time and prevents soil runoff, keeps nitrate from escaping through drainage water and puts carbon from the atmosphere into the ground.

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