Current and Completed Research


Malt vs. feed barley management


SaskBarley investment: $26,280

This project compares the difference between malt and feed barley varieties and aims to demonstrate that newer malt varieties can provide comparable yields to the best feed varieties.

It also looks at the agronomic factors that go into growing feed versus malt in order to demonstrate basic agronomic practices for newer malt varieties to help barley producers stay competitive in a changing market.

Overall this research will aim to help producers grow malt varieties without sacrificing feed yields if their grain is rejected for malt and give them better options for barley varieties, to help improve their bottom lines.

The Prairie Soil Carbon Balance Project Phase 4: Monitoring SOC on commercial direct-seeded fields across Saskatchewan


SaskBarley investment: $10,264

Funding partners: Saskatchewan Agriculture – Agriculture Development Fun, Sask Wheat, SaskOats, SaskFlax, SaskPulse and SaskCanola

Now in its 20th year, the next phase of research for the Prairie Soil Carbon Balance Project is the ideal point to add measures of soil organic carbon quality to improve our understanding of the stability and potential future sequestration potential. It is also the ideal time to compare the results with those on conventional small plot experiments and with modelled results using sophisticated models of carbon and nitrogen dynamics.

This phase of research will use the project’s network of 136 benchmarks on commercial farm fields scattered across the agricultural portion of Saskatchewan to investigate the SOC change on actual farm fields.

The end goal of the project will be to help Saskatchewan producers become fully recognized for their actions to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide by increasing soil organic carbon. 

The population structure of Fusarium pathogens of small grain cereals, their distribution and relationship to mycotoxins; Prevalence, population structure and mycotoxins of Fusarium poae affecting small grain cereals in Western Canada


SaskBarley investment: $45,000

Funding partners: WGRF, MWBGA

This research aims to evaluate the Canadian population structure and chemotype dynamics of Fusarium graminearum in cereals and understand the prevalence, population structure and mycotoxins of Fusarium poae affecting small grain cereals in Western Canada.

Overall this research aims to help us further our understanding of fusarium so that we can better manage and prevent it.

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada barley cluster

May 2018 – April 2023

SaskBarley investment: $1.4 million over five years

Funding partners: Alberta Barley, BMBRI, MWBGA, WGRF, CFCRA

We committed $280/year over five years to the second phase of the barley cluster program, a federal program that aims to grow the barley industry by investing in barley research and development activities that bring innovation to the sector and help industry bring the results of research and development to market through adoption/commercialization.In the current phase of the cluster (2013-2017), the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s matched the barley industry’s investment into this research at a ratio of 3:1, contributing $8 million.

More specifically the research will aim to ensure that agronomic productivity and disease resistance improvements are achieved so that barley is a competitive cereal crop choice for producers in rotation with other major crops. It will also aim to ensure that processing quality traits are maintained or improved to satisfy the diverse and evolving end-use customer needs both domestically and internationally.

For a detailed overview of all the CAP Barley Cluster projects, visit


Optimizing ruminal fermentation using silage and cereal grain inclusion strategies for backgrounding and finishing steers

April 2017 – March 2019

SaskBarley investment: $21,000

Project overview

Germplasm and variety development of barley for Alberta and Western Canada

June 2017-July 2018

SaskBarley investment: $10,000

Project overview and objectives

Reducing deoxynivalenol (DON) in fusarium infected barley on farm through sorting, physical and chemical treatments

June 2017-May 2018

SaskBarley investment: $25,000

 Project objectives

Strategies to mitigate the negative effect of feeding deoxynivalenol (DON) contaminated grains to swine

Ends July 2020

SaskBarley investment: $45,000

Project objectives

Development of market opportunities for new Canadian malting barley varieties in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $20,000

Project overview

Study of the Effects of Fusarium on Malt Quality and DON Formation During Malting Process

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $15,000

Project overview

Study of Beer Flavour Contributed by Barley Varieties

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $5,000

Project overview

Screening new Canadian Malting Barley Varieties for Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS ) and its precursor S-Methylmethionine (DMSP)

2017-December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $25,000

Project overview


Control of Japanese brome in barley

May 2016 – December 2018

SaskBarley investment: $55,172.40

Project overview and objectives

Analysis of transcript abundance in two-row malting barley on interaction with Fusarium graminearum chemotypes and its potential application in barley breeding

July 2016-June 2017

SaskBarley investment: $10,000

Project overview

Adoption of new malt barley varieties by malt barley exporters

November 2016-May 2017

SaskBarley investment: $7,500

Final report


Collaborative agreement on barley breeding research

January 2015-December 2019

SaskBarley investment: $450,000

Project overview and objectives

FHB screening of CDC barley selections, 2016-2020

November 2015-November 2020

SaskBarley investment: $150,000

Project overview and objectives