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Organic barley producers' desired qualities for crop improvement

Baker, Brian P; Meints, Brigid M and Hayes, Patrick M (2020) Organic barley producers' desired qualities for crop improvement. Organic Agriculture, 2020, pp. 1-8.

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Barley fits well into many different organic farming systems. It can be grown as either a winter or spring annual crop in many temperate regions. Barley can be used for food, malting, or animal feed, providing growers with diverse marketing opportunities. Despite its advantages, many organic farmers in the USA have not adopted barley as a regular crop in their rotation. Researchers surveyed organic barley producers to discover what they considered to be the main obstacles to growing barley. The primary obstacles identified were limited markets and price. Breeding and development of high-quality barley suitable for organic systems and specialty markets may be a way to expand markets and secure a better price. Farmers identified yield as the most important agronomic trait of interest, but other traits such as nutritional quality were also highly ranked. Naked (hull-less) barley bred for multi-use quality is a possible alternative that allows organic farmers to sell into multiple markets. Most respondents expressed interest in the development of such varieties suitable for organic farming conditions. The researchers conducted follow-up interviews to obtain detailed information on how barley is used in organic farming systems, production practices, costs of production, and what traits farmers would like to see breeders focus on.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Barley, Organic farming systems, Surveys, Plant breeding, Production costs
Agrovoc keywords:
organic agriculture
plant breeding
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Research affiliation:USA > Other organizations
Deposited By: Baker, Dr. Brian
ID Code:37992
Deposited On:18 May 2020 09:09
Last Modified:18 May 2020 09:09
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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