Studying the influence of preceding legumes and nitrogen management on malt barley yield and quality across Canada
This project is funded by Alberta Barley in collaboration with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and the National Barley Research Cluster.
Project lead: Dr. Aaron Mills & Dr. Breanne Tidemann, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Alberta Barley funding: $68,000
Part of the challenge of growing malting barley is managing protein in the crop. This study aims to develop better guidelines for managing protein levels, by determining how to successfully grow malting barley after legume crops across Canada. The results from this research will help barley producers make more informed choices regarding their cropping systems and potentially increase yield while maintaining quality, thereby increasing profits. It will also help develop practices to minimize nitrogen inputs, reducing the environmental impacts of growing malting barley.