Alberta Barley

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The Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) agreement was composed of three subprojects:

Agronomy: Identifying the agronomic, fertility and disease management factors that influence malt and feed quality across different soil and climatic zones in Western Canada.

Pathology: Evaluating disease reactions to find the most effective sources of resistance, so producers can minimize disease in order to maintain or increase yield and quality.

Value Added: Assisting in the growth and development of the food barley industry by improving existing barley products, developing new end-product applications and verifying suitability of barley ingredients for functional food markets.

Agronomy, pathology and value-added opportunities all have the potential to affect barley yield, quality and demand, which contribute to barley’s profitability for farmers.

Dec. 31, 2010 – March 31, 2013

Alberta Barley Funding: $300,000

Project Partners:

  • Alberta Barley
  • Western Grains Research Foundation

Project Lead:

Wayne Thompson

Research Program Manager

Western Grains Research Foundation