Barley groups pledge $2.4 million for barley breeding

Thanks in part to producer funding, the Crop Development Centre has released more than 70 barley varieties

Prairie barley growers have been supporting barley variety development for 
more than two decades.
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Alberta Barley, its Saskatchewan and Manitoba counterparts, and the Western Grains Research Foundation will provide more than $2.4 million over five years to the barley variety development program at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre.

Since 1995, producers have invested almost $15 million into barley variety development through the research foundation.

“This funding provides stability to the program for maintaining long-term, highly qualified technical staff, as well as resources for marker development and use in the breeding program,” said Kofi Agblor, managing director of the Crop Development Centre.

The centre has released more than 70 malt, feed, and food barley varieties since 1971, including Harrington, CDC Copeland and CDC Austenson. In the past five years, the program has released malting varieties such as CDC Clear, CDC Bow, CDC Platinum Star, and TR12135 (to be named CDC Fraser).

“The CDC’s team of researchers and technicians continually demonstrates that its work is world class, which makes it a good choice for Alberta’s barley farmers when selecting varieties,” said Alberta Barley chair Mike Ammeter.

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