BarleyBin Field Lab 2024

Research Priorities

SaskBarley is committed to its core functions of research, market development, communication and advocacy. Our research investments in programs and projects address current and future production issues facing Saskatchewan barley producers. Our communications program ensures we are providing trusted, reliable, timely and unbiased information to barley stakeholders.

BarleyBin Field Lab 2024
SaskBarley views the BarleyBin Field Lab as an integration of the research and communication functions. The trials will take the most impactful results from small-plot trials and implement it at field scale. Results from field scale trials will be communicated through our many communication channels.

BarleyBin Field Lab goals

SaskBarley’s goals for the BarleyBin Field Lab are to generate farm-scale research results that complement small plot trials, build farmer input on research questions facing Saskatchewan barley farmers, enhance the quality and reach of on-farm experimentation, build capacity and encourage best practices for on-farm trials.

Protocols for 2024

SaskBarley is seeking interest from farmers to grow on-farm trials in 2024. We are developing full protocols for three research questions. We are also interested in hearing from you what projects are of interest – we will consider those ideas for the future. We are targeting up to six on-farm research projects in 2024, including one project that is already underway. SaskBarley may not support all projects submitted to SaskBarley. The protocols include:

  • Seeding rates (malt or feed)
    • Optimizing the target plant density balances seed costs, yield and stand management.
  • Fertility rates (malt or feed)
    • Optimal fertility rates need refining as newer genetics become more widely adopted that are higher yielding, have improved lodging resistance and lower protein.
  • Plant growth regulator (malt or feed)
    • Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are tools that can be used to manage lodging and straw in high-yielding environments.
Download SaskBarley’s Barley Seeding Rates sheet (pdf)

Research support

SaskBarley will be working closely with Indian Head Agriculture Research Foundation (IHARF) to assist with development of the project, implementation, measurement, harvest and analysis of the data. SaskBarley and IHARF will engage as needed with local agrologists to support the projects.
All trials will be randomized and replicated. Generally, the base treatment for each trial will be based on the current practice on the farm operation, with up to two additional treatments to be added, at specific increments.