Alberta Barley

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Breeding dual-purpose forage/feed barley for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre

Project lead:
Dr. Ana Badea
Research Scientist, Barley Breeding
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Timeline: April 2013 – March 2018


Alberta Barley funding: project management
Total funding from other partners: $210,069

Benefits for barley farmers
The germplasm currently developed by the program could result in new cultivars that could increase the profitability and competitiveness of the entire barley industry through higher yields, improved disease resistance and enhanced forage/feed quality.

The project aims to develop six-row forage/feed barley cultivars for Western Canada, with improved disease resistance and agronomic performance with enhanced quality traits, in order to meet farmers’ needs and to contribute to their economic benefit. Emphasis has been placed on developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight and Ug99 stem rust, as well as tolerance to waterlogging.

Recent developments
Two lines, EX827-30 and EX828-30, were entered in the 2016 Forage COOP Test.  In 2015, both lines had higher forage yield than the checks (8%) and similar grain yield to the checks, good quality and diseases package.

Objectives for the upcoming year
Project is ongoing with the same objectives.

Overview of the 2015 Advanced Forage Barley Test – Grain part, Hamiota, 2015

Overview of the 2015 Advanced Forage Barley Test – Grain part, Hamiota, 2015