Alberta Barley

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Barley 180

Craig Shand of Farmers Edge leads a Barley 180 crop walk.
Credit: Tyler Difley

What does it take to achieve 180 bushels per acre? Optimizing production cost per bushel is accomplished by using all production inputs—like seed, variety selection, plant densities, seeding dates, fertilizers, growth regulators, in-crop fungicides, pesticides and management at necessary levels—to achieve maximum economic yield. This requires that each management decision affecting production be carefully documented. The goal of this farmer-led project is to determine if the maximum barley yield on a field scale (80 acres) can exceed 180 bushels per acre with specific best management practices. Such an increase in barley yield would substantially increase barley’s profitability for farmers.

April 1, 2011 – March 21, 2012 (renewed 2012-2015)

Alberta Barley Funding: $5,000 annually

Project Partners:

  • Alberta Barley
  • Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund
  • Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta

Project Lead:

Ty Faechner
Executive Director
Alberta Research and Extension Council of Alberta

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