Wheat yield gaps: magnitude and opportunities to sustainably improve yield
Lead Researcher: Brian Beres, AAFC, Lethbridge
Start Date: 2019
Project Length: 3 Years (2019- 2022)
Project Status: APPROVED IN PROGRESS
- Estimate yield potential and yield gap to determine the extra wheat production potential for the Canadian Prairies through improved agronomy.
- Identify opportunities to close the current yield gap in major agroecological zones through existing and alternative management practices.
- Develop a platform of weather, soil, and cropping systems data that can be used for future yield gap evaluation for different crops.
- Provide input to policy makers and land use planners regarding areas in which there is potential to economically improve wheat yields;
- Prioritize resources and better orient extension programs to address problems associated with land use and the sustainable intensification of Canadian crop production.
- Evaluate the impact of climate change, urbanization, and other issues that deal with water, food, and well-being on local communities.
Total project cost: $438,000
MWBGA funding approved: $53,000
Partner funding: $426,876
Funding Partners: CWRC, Alberta Innovates
Benefits to MB Producers: Increased disease screening facilities and personnel for Western Canadian plant breeding programs. Medium term variety development of breeders’ elite lines.