Research Project

Breeding two-row malt, feed and food varieties

This project is funded by Alberta Barley in collaboration with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and the National Barley Research Cluster.

Timeline: 2018-2023

Project lead: Dr. Aaron Beattie, University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre

Alberta Barley funding: $188,936

Demand for Canada’s high-quality malt and feed barley is increasing. To prepare for and nurture this growth, it is critical that we continue to develop barley varieties with improved traits.

This project aims to improve current two-row barley varieties for established markets and develop new varieties to capitalize on opportunities in new and emerging markets. This will ensure barley remains a viable crop within producers’ rotations while providing value to maltsters, brewers, and the feed and food industries.