Intermediate wheatgrass is a cool-season, perennial grass that was introduced to the United States as a forage crop in the early 20th century. It has shown great promise to be developed as a perennial grain crop.  The Land Institute has trademarked the name Kernza TM for intermediate wheatgrass to advance the commercialization of this crop. The Land Institute and the University of Minnesota have established breeding programs to increase seed size and grain yield.  We also have several projects aimed at maximizing production techniques.

Kernza Projects

Kernza Publications


For more information about this project, please contact:

Dr. Craig Sheaffer

Professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics


Phone: (612) 625-7224

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