Pasture Walk on Grazing Kernza

  • Anderson Farm, 12535 335th St., Goodhue, MN 55027
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  • RSVP to Chad Hildebrand (Goodhue SWCD) at 651-923-5286

Have an interest in diversifying your rotation with a perennial crop that can be grazed and harvested for grain? Come learn about grazing Kernza on Wedneday, July 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Angie and Kaleb Anderson Farm near Goodhue, Minn. Kernza is the trademark name for a perennial variety of intermediate wheatgrass being developed by the Land Institute in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Forever Green initiative.

At this event, learn about the benefits of growing and grazing Kernza and the Anderson’s diverse system utilizing cover crops in wide-row corn and no-till soybeans with roller crimped rye. They also grow cereal rye for seed. There will be a soil pit on-site to take a look at what is going on below the soil surface — this is a fun way to observe rooting depth, compaction, and soil structure.

U of M professor Jacob Jungers will be speaking about the research the University has been conducting on Kernza and other alternative crops. There will be social time with folks in attendance and a light meal and beverages will be provided. The event is being sponsored by the Cannon River Watershed Joint Powers Board, Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Forever Green Initiative, the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Clean River Partners.

To RSVP, contact Chad Hildebrand, Goodhue County SWCD, at 651-923-5286.

For more information, contact LSP's Bairet Eiter at bairet@landstewardshipproject.org or Robin Moore at rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org.