Saskatoon, Sask. – Several organizations are investing more than $2.4 million over five years to the barley variety development program at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre (CDC).
In a statement, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) says the organizations include Alberta Barley, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, and WGRF.
Dave Sefton, WGRF’s board chair, says in the statement that “since 1995 producers have invested almost $15 million into barley variety development through the WGRF.”
The Crop Development Centre has released more than 70 malt, feed and food barley varieties since 1971, says the WGRF. In fact, “in the past five years alone, the program has released new malting varieties, including CDC Clear (2011), CDC Bow (2014), CDC Platinum Star (2014) and TR12135 (to be named CDC Fraser), in 2015.”
Jason Skotheim, SaskBarley’s board chair, says “SaskBarley is proud to have provided leadership in bringing together the prairie barley commissions to invest in the barley breeding program.
“Through this investment, barley producers’ check-off dollars are being reinvested into breeding programs that will develop varieties that are more disease resistant, have greater yield, and provide greater profitability in years to come.”