Breeding spring wheat for organic markets
Term: Five years, beginning in 2016
Funding Amount: $292,603
Lead Researcher(s): Pierre Hucl (U of S)
Funding Partners: University of Saskatchewan (U of S)
The purpose of this project is to develop CWRS-quality wheat lines and eventually cultivars that yield 10% or higher than relevant check cultivars with disease resistance required for organic production systems. This project fills a market opportunity gap (rather than an information gap) in that there are currently no registered cultivars that have been developed under organic crop management systems. It is not known whether it is possible to develop cultivars that have a significant advantage over conventionally-developed cultivars. The results of this research will be in the form of elite breeding lines and eventually registered cultivars that have agronomic and marketing advantages for organic wheat growers and marketers.