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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Wes Jackson, Land Institue KS

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  • Dieter Brand
    Jeff, Thanks for that update on Wes Jackson s work. I somewhat suspected that these things do take a lot of time. Would be great if it could work, reduce
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 16, 2008
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      Jeff,

      Thanks for that update on Wes Jackson's work. I somewhat suspected
      that these things do take a lot of time. Would be great if it could work,
      reduce farming operations to harvesting, no ploughing or disking, no sowing,
      nothing, just harvesting. Wonder why people didn't think of that earlier.

      Dieter

      Jeff <shultonus@...> wrote:
      >
      Wes Jackson realizes that it will take a long time for perrenial crops
      to develop. His time frame is 75-150 years. THis is of course a lot
      better than the thousands of years it took fro convential crops.

      He is working on a perrenial sunflower (for oil).
      This is from the natural perrenial Maximillian Sunflower.
      He has recently obtained gerplasm from the USDA working on
      crossbreeding naitive perrenial with annual sunflower to increase
      disease resistance ane enhance oil qualities.

      He is working on perrenial wheat.
      Some of the project is workign with intermediate wheatgrass (triga)
      and others are hybrids with various cereals (rye, durum, wheat etc).
      In the hybrids they are having problems with fertility, specifically
      the number of chromosomes between plants is different. The triga stock
      is from roadale institues intial trial. Triga is the closest to
      commercial, but it still several generations off.

      ALso on the plate are perrenial corn and eastern gama grass (this is
      not being persued heavily at this time).
      Perrenial sorguhm (hybrids with johnson grass). Limited sucess so far.

      Making rosinweed (silphium intergifolium) into a high yeilding oil
      seed. (limited success so far)

      They are working with Illinois Bundflower for a legume like grain.
      The have the yeilds, the non-shattering and loss of bitterness are the
      keys to making this a commercial possibility.


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