Welcome to the Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab!

cropping system field trial

About Our Team

The Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab conducts research and develops educational materials to improve agricultural sustainability. Our research is focused on developing best agronomic practices for novel perennial crops and crop rotations so that they provide new economic opportunities for growers and essential ecosystem services. We educate current and future agricultural practitioners through field days, winter workshops, undergraduate and graduate classes, and community engaged research.  This website features some of our work on Kernza(R) perennial grain, perennial oilseeds, alfalfa, organic agriculture, native plants, and education.

New Video Material

We posted a few new videos to our "Resources" page. Check out the 2020 Extension Crop & Pest Management seminar for an up-to-date overview of Kernza agronomics, which includes current best management practices for planting date, depth, fertility, harvest timing, and more.

Evelyn Reilly presented some of her research at the UMN Applied Plant Sciences seminar. She presents new data and findings on how Kernza can prevent nitrate leaching to groundwater.