The Growth Potential of Triticale in Western Canada

August 2, 2023 from 9:15 am to 10:00 am

Speaker: Mazen Aljarrah, FCDC

CEU Credits: 0.5

The Growth Potential of Triticale in Western Canada

Triticale, after many years of breeding by the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC), has found a place in the livestock industry and forage farming system in western Canada.
This crop has the potential for forage, feed grain, and bioproducts. Over the last five years, FCDC has released 4 winter and 2 spring triticale varieties suitable for swath-grazing, green forage, silage, cover crops, and feed grain. The presentation will answer the following questions:
Why farmers should adopt triticale in their cropping practices?
Is triticale still susceptible to lodging and ergot disease?
What farmers should do to maximize their forage and feed grain harvest?
The new traits in our future varieties

Mazen Aljarrah, Research Scientist, Triticale Breeder, FCDC

• Plant Breeder Status from Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA).
• Registered 6 spring and 4 winter triticale lines in western Canada 2018-2023
• Member of Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye, and Triticale (PRCWRT).
• Canadian Experience from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry – Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC), Lacombe, Alberta.
• Over 25 years as Research Associate at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). ICARDA is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
• M.Sc. Plant Breeding, B.Sc. in Agriculture, Certificates in Applied Plant Breeding, Wheat Anther Culture(DH), DNA & Molecular Marker Techniques for improving cereal crops