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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: doing away with farming monocultures

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The Land Institute
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The Land Institute
Kernza® is the trademark name for the grain of an intermediate perennial wheatgrass

"This program is designed to bring along the next generation of cropS - not crop."

Driving through rural Minnesota used to present lots of opportunities for a name-that-crop car game. Wheat, barley, or oats? Soybeans or alfalfa?

These days, it's corn or soybeans. Not only do these monocultures take the fun out of a driving game, they're tough on the environment, on wildlife, on pollinators, and even the soil.

But imagine a perennial wheatgrass that can grow all year around. What about winter annuals that can go in between soybean harvest in the fall and corn planting in the spring?

What about a mixed field of a perennial small grain along with legumes, or clover, or alfalfa?

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