Alberta Barley

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Gateway Research Organization (GRO)

The Gateway Research Organization’s (GRO) three sites (Westlock County–Dapp, Barrhead County–Neerlandia and Parkland County–Stony Plain) are used to compare varieties of wheat, oats, flax, triticale and barley, as well as combinations of pulse, barley, oat and triticale silage.

Barley trials in 2012 included two sites: one at Dapp (15 kilometres north of Westlock), and one at Stony Plain (west of Edmonton).

The areas consist of thin black chernozemic-to-grey and dark grey soil types. The Stony Plain site had a higher amount of organic matter compared to the Dapp site. May to October saw 279.6 mm of precipitation at Stony Plain and 325 mm at Dapp.

The highest-yielding two-row varieties at the Stony Plain site were Xena (54.94 bu/ac), TR09208 (54.28 bu/ac) and HB08304 (53.86 bu/ac). Top performers for two-row varieties at the Dapp location included Bentley at 73.11 bu/ac, followed by Champion and CDC Maverick.

For the Stony Plain six-row trials, Vivar was the best yielder at 46.33 bu/ac, while CDC Anderson topped the list at the Dapp site at 69.54 bu/ac.

GRO’s top yielding barley

Yields are shown in bu/ac.

Two-row (Stony Plain)

  • XENA: 54.94
  • TR09208: 54.28
  • HB08304: 53.86

Two-row (Dapp)

  • Bentley: 73.11
  • Champion: 71.65
  • CDC Maverick: 69.99

Six-row (Stony Plain)

  • Vivar: 46.33
  • BT589: 45.71
  • CDC Anderson: 44.31

Six-row (Dapp)

  • CDC Anderson: 69.54
  • Vivar: 69.26
  • BT589: 60.31

If you have any questions about the varieties in the GRO trials, contact Reed Rigney, office manager, at (780) 349-4546 or email.

For more on the barley test plots, call Michelle Holden, crops research agronomist, at (780) 307-5219 or email.