The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC) is investing $2.7 million over five years into the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC) for a core breeding agreement to develop barley varieties with improved agronomics, disease resistance and end-use quality, the university says in a news release on Sept. 15.
The CBRC is a collaboration among the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Alberta Barley and Manitoba Crop Alliance, the release notes.
“This investment into the CDC breeding program will produce deliverables that will allow our farmers to stay competitive,” CBRC Interim Chair Jason Skotheim and SaskBarley chair says in the release. “The last round of producer funding provided to the CDC saw the registration of two new malting varieties, one feed variety and one hulless variety.”
The new agreement will enable the program to expand and capitalize on new opportunities, the release notes.
Investment in CDC plant breeding activities has helped create new markets and opportunities for a wide variety of crop producers, CDC barley breeder Aaron Beattie says.
Finalizing this agreement with the CDC was the first order of business for the CBRC, officially formed earlier this year, the release notes. The organization will also provide funding for qualifying regional projects which align with variety development and agronomic priorities.