The future of a new perennial grain called Kernza is at a turning post, researchers said at a Monday presentation in Dundas. (Photo courtesy of The Land Institute)

Kernza is in the “valley of death,” presenters at a University of Minnesota conference about the new crop said Monday.

Kernza St. Peter

Denise Mulenberg, right, receives a LocAle beer sample from brewer Jim Parejko during a Kernza event in St. Peter July 22. The beer, Prairie Roots, was on tap over the summer at LocAle. It included 15% Kernza, a new perennial wheat-like grain grown primarily in Minnesota. (File photo/

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