Research Project

Advanced agronomic practices in wheat, barley and peas to maximize yield and harvestability

Project lead:
Dr. Sheri Strydhorst

Start Date: April 1, 2014

End Date: March 31, 2017

Alberta Barley’s contribution: $30,000


  • Western Grains Research Foundation
  • Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund
  • Alberta Innovates – Bio-Solutions
  • Alberta Wheat Commission
  • Alberta Pulse Growers
  • Alberta Barley Commission
  • Alberta Agriculture
  • Syngenta
  • Engage Agro
  • Smoky Applied Research & Demonstration Association
  • BASF
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • DuPont
  • SeCan
  • Bayer CropScience
  • Anderson Seed Growers Ltd.
  • Beamish Seed Farms Ltd.
  • Galloway Seeds Ltd.
  • Canterra Seeds
  • Field Crop Development Centre
  • KL Nelson and KWS – UK
  • Kittle Farms Ltd.
  • Lefsrud Seed & Processors Ltd.
  • McNelly Seed Farms Ltd.
  • N. Jonk Seed Farms
  • Don Schmermund
  • Stony Plain Seed Cleaning Plant
  • Trueblood Farms Ltd.
  • University of Alberta
  • Westlock Seed Cleaning Co-op Ltd.

The project will explore crop management systems—analyzing factors such as in-crop nitrogen fertilizer, foliar fungicides and plant growth regulators—to maximize the profitability of Alberta growers. The project team will test 64 different feed barley management systems, looking at how different barley varieties respond to advanced agronomic practices. In addition, the project will test two different fungicide application strategies on feed and malt barley in an effort to determine the best conditions for application. To represent Alberta’s diverse growing conditions, trials will be conducted in five locations across the province.

Benefits for farmers:
An intensive management system can increase barley yields by 25 per cent. The average Alberta barley yield over a 10-year period was 60.4 bushels an acre. A 25 per cent increase could change that to 75.5 bushels an acre. If 50 per cent of barley-planted acres are managed with the project’s recommendations, Alberta could see a 557,500-tonne increase in barley production from 2012 levels.