Crop Profiles

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Barley Hordeum vulgare – Profile by Brayden Connor Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is cereal crop grown widely through out the world.  Barley was first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent around 10,000 years ago from its wild relative Hordeum spontaneum (Badr et. al. 1999).  Barley is well known for its use as fermented malt in the making […]

Hard Red Spring Wheat

Hard Red Spring Wheat (HRSW) – Triticum aestivum Profile by Cameron de Wolf The history of hard red spring wheat (HRSW) (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivation, production, and breeding in Canada has been recorded in detail by some researchers (DePauw et al. 1995; DePauw and Hunt 2001). In the early years of HRSW cultivation in Canada, […]


Lentils (Lens culinaris) – Profile by Eric McLenaghan Lentils are a pulse crop that has been used in agricultural production for a great deal of human history. There is evidence of human consumption of lentils dating back to roughly 10,000 years ago, and it has been indicated that they were among the very first crops […]

Winter Wheat

Winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) – Profile by Joshua Moats Winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a winter annual version of typical bread wheat that is grown on the Canadian prairies. Depending on the variety, it can have several end uses, some of which are bread and animal feed (Fowler 1995). Winter wheat is an important crop […]


Camelina (Camelina sativa L. Crantz) – Profile by Jessica Pratchler Camelina (Camelina sativa L. Crantz) is an oilseed crop belonging to the Brassicaceae family and is a promising new crop for organic agriculture. This crop, also known as false flax, German sesame, and gold-of-pleasure, is well adapted to cold semi-arid climates and can be used […]