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Evaluation of straw yield potential of cereal crop cultivars

Principal Investigator: Ontario Cereal Crop Committee (OCCC)

Research Institution: Ontario Cereal Crop Committee

Timeline: January 2023 – December 2023


  • Measure cereal straw yield by variety in Ontario Cereal Variety Performance Trials at multiple sites in Ontario.


  • The collection of straw yields for cereal varieties will improve cereal producers’ business risk management, as straw can provide additional revenue to cereal producers, helping to maintain cereals in the rotation as a profitable component and improving livestock producers’ management of straw supply for their own operations.

Scientific Summary:

For some producers, straw yield is an important segment of their cereal production for on-farm use and/or sale into the increasingly lucrative straw market, and there is no other source for this information. The purpose of this project is to measure cereal straw yield by variety of each of the oat, barley, spring wheat and winter wheat cultivars entered in the Ontario Cereal Variety Performance Trails at multiple locations (minimum 3 locations). There are now 4 modified combines (up to 6 test locations) that are able to provide straw yield data across different growing areas. The Ontario Cereal Crop Committee (OCCC) coordinates collection and analysis of straw yield data and releases the results through their OCCC performance trails. The results will be communicated by the OCCC to Ontario cereal producers and the farming community in Ontario through the OCCC website.

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