Two bins on the edge of a field

Grain on the Brain Podcasts

Season 2, Episode 8 – Growing Perennial Wheat in Manitoba


Hear how on-farm trials of developing a perennial wheatgrass crop or Kernza® are progressing. Dr Doug Cattani from the University of Manitoba talks about one of the plots while he’s at Dan and Fran DeRuyck’s Top of the Hill farm in Treherne, Manitoba.

(28:47) March 10, 2021

Episode Notes

You can also watch Doug’s presentation ‘in the field’ on YouTube. The link is in our Resources section below.


Learn more about the development of Kernza and other perennial grasses from the Land Institute

You can watch the presentation right in the field here:



Funding is provided in part by the Canada and Manitoba governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Guest Bio

Doug received his BSA and MSc. from the University of Manitoba (Plant Breeding) and his PhD. from Wageningen University, The Netherlands in Plant Production Ecology. He has worked with herbaceous perennial for over three decades with emphasis on breeding and seed production. His current position is as Perennial Crop Breeder in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba with the breeding of intermediate wheatgrass and perennial sunflower for grain production as the major focus.

If you’re in Manitoba and interested in growing a small plot of perennial wheat on your land, you can contact him:

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Manitoba Organic Alliance.


Karen Klassen – narrator and producer

Jason Peters – editor

Narrator: Karen Klassen

Producer: Karen Klassen

Editor: Jason Peters

Podcast oversight committee: Anne Kirk, Jason Peters, Kim Wilton, Tierra Stokes, Marla Carlson, Deb Tuchelt