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Researchers Develop New Perennial Grain Species

Scientists at Washington State University have developed a new perennial grain species that is a hybrid of wheat and wheatgrass.

The new plant, which was developed through traditional breeding methods over the past two decades, could be used as a forage grain crop in regions with high levels of rainfall, and may offer farmers a wider range of options in their crop rotations.

The new grain also has the potential to offer growers greater flexibility by allowing a farmer to plant once and raise the crop for one or even two years without re-seeding, or plant once and continue with multiple cuttings for forage.

The species is also undergoing testing to determine its viability for malting, which would broaden its application into beer and food production.

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