MSU professor explores perennial wheat crops

Dr. Sieg Snapp, thanks to a four-year, million dollar U.S. Department of Agriculture organic research grant is able to conduct more research regarding agronomic management and practical aspects of variety development of perennial grains at Michigan State University. 

Author: Laura Probyn
Date:
 July 2009

Every time a farmer plants a cash crop, he or she makes a substantial investment of money, time and labor resources. But what if that crop wasn’t something that had to be planted every year, but instead, sprouted out of the ground each spring and was ready for a summer harvest?

Sieg Snapp, associate professor of crop and soil sciences at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, is addressing that question. She’s conducting this work thanks to a four-year, million dollar U.S. Department of Agriculture organic research grant.

Her team is studying the possibilities for developing perennial wheat as a crop for environmentally friendly agricultural production. Team members include Scott Swinton, MSU professor of agriculture, food and resource economics; Vicki Morrone, MSU outreach specialist; Janet Lewis, MSU wheat breeder; Michigan farmers; and colleagues at Washington State University. Their work builds on research that leads to a new type of perennial grain crop. Read full story here. 

 

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