Alberta Barley

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Breeding two-row malting barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre

Project lead:
Dr. W.G. Legge
Scientist, Barley Breeding and Genetics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Timeline: April 2013 – March 2018


Alberta Barley funding: project management
Total funding from other partners: $949,255

Benefits for barley farmers
Developing new malting barley varieties is an ongoing process that takes many years. Germplasm currently in the breeding program and new germplasm being developed will result in new varieties that will increase the profitability and competitiveness of the entire barley industry through higher yields, improved disease resistance and enhanced malting quality.

The project aims to develop two-row malting barley varieties for Western Canada, with improved disease resistance and agronomic performance combined with enhanced quality traits, in order to expand market opportunities at home and abroad. Emphasis has been placed on developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to fusarium head blight.

Recent developments
AAC Connect (TR12225) two-row malting barley was released to Canterra Seeds in 2015 and registered on April 1, 2016 (registration # 7954).  This promising new variety was 11% higher yielding than AC Metcalfe with good agronomic traits, desirable malting quality profile, and a good disease resistance package including somewhat lower DON content (i.e., 24% lower than AC Metcalfe over 12 site years in Manitoba FHB nurseries).

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

Last updated June 2016