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. 

 

The Search For Perennial Wheat

Author: Shaun Kenney
Date:
 February 2011
Affiliation: ShaunKenney.com 
Abstract: A new variety of crop called “perennial wheat” has been in the process of development for many years. Researchers have reached a hopeful stage and perennial wheat may be ready for cultivation soon. Unlike the annual varieties of wheat, which can give yield only for one year, the perennial wheat can grow annual crop successively for about 7 years. Researchers at the Michigan State University have been at the work for several years now and they are now hopeful about their success.
Source: shaunkenney.com/2011/02/the-search-for-perennial-wheat/

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