Welcome to the Barley Bin, brought to you by SaskBarley.
Our goal is to bring you right inside the Barley Bin. Not a hopper bin, or bin with in-floor augers. The kind you spend a bit of time shoveling, getting itchy, but it’s worth it for the satisfaction. The pint or steak at the end. Or a golden nugget you sometimes find uncovering itchy topics.
Episode 1 & Show Notes:
In our inaugural episode, we talk with Dr. Aaron Beattie, Crop Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan about new barley varieties. We cover Aaron’s new general purpose line, supported for registration in February. It doesn’t even have a name yet (tested as TR19175). We also touch on seed multiplication, including when TR19175 will be available and how the variety registration system works, as well as new traits available for Saskatchewan barley growers in the new variety releases.
Episode 2 & Show Notes:
We chat with Dr. Kelly Turkington from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at the Lacombe Research and Development Centre about barley specific Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) disease management. Our discussion covered a lot, ranging from ideal FHB fungicide timing to Kelly’s current research project exploring combinations of management practices. We strayed to discussing fungicide application at herbicide timing and evaluating varieties for disease resistance ratings.
Episode 3 & Show Notes:
We chat with Peter Watts, Managing Director of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) about barley markets, strong demand from China for malt and now feed barley, and expectations for where the market might go for the rest of 2021. We cover everything from the sensory panel at CMBTC, including beer tasting at 10:30 AM, to CMBTC’s customer support when fusarium head blight affected Canadian barley, to CMBTC missions and adaptations of those missions during COVID-19 restrictions.
Episode 4 & Show Notes:
We chat with Brent Johnson, who is in his final year of his second 4-year term as a SaskBarley director. Brent has been active on the board, taking particular interest in feed barley, variety turnover, carbon and more. We talked about all of these topics and more, as well as Brent’s experiences on the board.
Episode 5 & Show Notes:
The Bow Project involved the beer value chain from breeder to brewer. Most of the craft breweries in Saskatchewan started with malt made from CDC Bow barley, a new variety developed by Dr. Aaron Beattie, Crop Development Centre. Matt Enns (Maker’s Malt) and Wes Woods (SeCan) join us to talk about the Bow Project, the interest it generated for CDC Bow, new varieties in general and the awareness it raised for malt in Saskatchewan. And we learn about new initiatives in the works.