Breeding better barley for feed: Playing the old game with new tricks

Through innovative plant breeding work, new barley genetics with clear yield advantages have hit the western Canadian market in recent years. These varieties also have enhanced quality, disease resistance, nitrogen use efficiency, and better drought tolerance in the brown soil zone. Applying genomic and phenomic technologies and constantly refining the process has allowed breeders to reduce costs and improve efficiency and precision to breed better varieties. Some of the recent achievements in feed barley breeding in western Canada and the application of technologies to accelerate breeding progress will be discussed.