Welcome to Sustainable Cropping Systems!

  • alfalfa harvest
  • kernza
  • organic field
  • hairy vetch
  • native grass

About Our Team

Sustainable agriculture is a system that maintains soil and environmental resources for future generations, while providing accountable and profitable production of food, fiber or energy to meet societal needs.  Our group conducts research and develops educational materials on sustainable cropping systems. This website features some of our work in alfalfa, forages, organic agriculture, kernza (intermediate wheatgrass), alternative crops, native prairie and education.



Organic Agriculture


Alternative Crops

Native Plants


Newly revised Forage Legume Bulletin

Forage Legume Bulletin front cover
The third edition of Forage Legumes: Clovers, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cicer Milkvetch, Crownvetch and Alfalfa is available as a free online publication and features new data in addition to preserving information from previous editions. 


For more information about this project, please contact:

Dr. Craig Sheaffer

Professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Email: sheaf001@umn.edu

Phone: (612) 625-7224

Our team