Triticale Production and Utilization in Western Canada
Spring and winter triticale varieties have the potential to be used in multiple farming systems as annual forages for ruminant animals.
In western Canada, triticale varieties with reduced awns have been released specifically to enhance the acceptance of triticale for different forage uses such as swath-grazing and silage production. Under dryland conditions, spring triticale is a valuable alternative to feed barley and oat crops, especially in areas with long growing seasons.
Winter triticale is best adapted to the brown and black soil zones of the western prairies where there is adequate snow cover. Winter triticale performs similarly to spring triticale but has the major advantage of three-weeks earlier maturity compared to its spring counterparts.
Bio: Mazen Aljarrah, FCDC, Olds College
Mazen Aljarrah, M.Sc. Plant breeding, B.Sc. in Agriculture, certificates in applied plant Breeding, wheat doubled haploid technique (DH) and DNA & Molecular Marker Techniques for improving field crops.
Plant Breeder Status from Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), member of Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT). Coordinator of Western Spring and Winter Triticale Coop Trials in western Canada. Registered 6 spring and 5 winter triticale lines in western Canada 2018-2022.
Over 20 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) www.cgiar.org.
Canadian Experience (2008 -2020) from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry – Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC), Lacombe, Alberta