Farmland in the Upper Midwest supports one of the strongest agricultural economies in the world. However, this land can be used more efficiently so that US agriculture can be more productive and less detrimental to the environment.
Our goal is to improve US agriculture by 1) increasing crop diversity on the landscape and 2) increasing the amount time crops are growing on the landscape.
We work to diversify agriculture by designing new cropping systems that include rotations of common summer annuals (e.g. corn and soybean), winter annuals (e.g. cover crops), and perennials (e.g. alfalfa and Kernza®). We work to perennialize agriculture by designing cropping systems that have continuous living cover on the land.
Explore this website to learn about our research on new crops and cropping systems, and to see how these crops and cropping systems are being implemented on the landscape.