Clippings from Iowa State Extension
Back to the Future with Kernza® Grain
April 9, 2020
by Pat Kosters, Iowa Master Gardener
Kernza? I’d never heard of it until last November when I watched the PBS News Hour airing of “How New Grain Could Help Combat Climate Change.” I was motivated to find out more about this new grain named Kernza. Here is what I found:
The plant’s real name is intermediate wheatgrass. A distant relative of our annual wheat, it is a perennial plant that grows like grass on the prairie. Its roots grow deep into the soil allowing the plant to store nutrients, resist drought and reduce soil erosion. Kernza is not a strain or species of wheat, but a regi...