Perennial Wheat: A new option for organic and sustainable farm systems

Author: Sieglinde Snapp, Steve Culman, Lee DeHann, John Green, Stephen Jones, Janet Lewis, Vicki Morrone, Dan Rossman, Martin Nagelkirk, Scott Swinton, Sienna Tinsley, Anne Weir
Affiliation: 
Michigan State University, Michigan State University Extension, The Land Institute, and Washington State University
Abstract: A new perennial crop is being explored for opportunities on organic and sustainable farms. The overall goal to grow this crop is to improve farms and protect the environment (Glover et al., 2010). Successful establishments crop requires it to be replanted only once in three years (see figure below). As a perennial crop, it provides greater soil coverage and an extensive rooting system, compared to an annual grain. These factors are the foundation for building soil in organic farming. The perennial wheat team integrates the work from plant breeders, economists, cropping systems scientists and ecologists with farmers and Extension educators to identify useful plant lines and management approaches with the greatest potential for success in a Upper Midwest organic farm systems. The team has set a goal to find stable varieties within five years, depending on plant regrowth and seed production. We are evaluating this crop for multiple uses including grain, forage and environmental services.
Source: pwheat.anr.msu.edu/upload_max_filesize=32m/2012/01/pwheat-extension-poster1.pdf

Kernza Ecosystem Services Trial

Author: Mark Freeman, John Green, Bree Shufford, Dan Kane, Emily May, John Crispin, Lacey Culbertson
Date:
 2011
Affiliation: Michigan State University
Abstract: Is perenniality or management a larger driver of soil ecosystem services?
Source: http://pwheat.anr.msu.edu/upload_max_filesize=32m/2012/01/pw-ecosystem-services-20111.pdf

Perennial wheat at MSU

Author: Lab of Professor Snapp
Date:
 2011
Affiliation: Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station
Abstract: This presentation presents data on perennial wheat studies at Michigan State, including examples of crops grown in Malawi, Africa.
Source: http://pwheat.anr.msu.edu/upload_max_filesize=32m/2012/01/pw-ecosystem-services-20111.pdf