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Field Crop Development Centre


The Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) has been developing enhanced cereal varieties for feed, forage, malt, food and bio-industrial uses since 1973. The FCDC is recognized as a world-class research facility that is focusing on producing new barley and triticale varieties, as well as maintaining a vast source of germplasm.

The researchers continue to focus on high yield, improved disease resistance, and superior end use quality characteristics. The plant breeders employ traditional plant breeding techniques as well as single seed descent to advance lines at a faster rate. Variety development is supported by FCDC’s pathology, biotechnology, and quality laboratories, which use technology such as molecular markers and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to more efficiently target specific disease resistance and quality characteristics.

  • The triticale breeding program aims to develop new spring triticale varieties with higher grain yield, forage yield, and lodging resistance, adapted to variable growing conditions in western Canada. Specifically, the program focuses on enhanced forage digestibility with reduced awns for swath-grazing and green forage uses. Improved drought tolerance, early maturity, reduced pre-harvest sprouting, and FHB and ergot resistance for feed grain are also program goals.

  • Within the barley breeding program we focus on:

    Feed and Forage

    The objective of the feed program is to develop high yielding barley varieties that will increase barley grain production in Alberta. We also aim to develop forage varieties with enhanced fodder quality (energy content, fiber digestibility) and improved whole plant forage yields for silage, greenfeed, or swath grazing. Additional priorities of the feed and forage barley program include superior agronomic traits such as lodging resistance, early maturity, and enhanced grain and biomass characteristics. Varieties also need to have a good combination of resistance to multiple diseases such as scald, net blotch (spot- and net-form), spot blotch, smuts, stem and stripe rusts, and FHB.


    The objective of this program is to develop varieties of two-row malting barley with good malting quality characteristics that are desired by the marketplace and will enhance overall economic returns with high yields and good agronomic adaptation. In addition, good disease resistance and tolerance to abiotic stresses such as low nitrogen, water, cold, and other adverse environmental factors are considered.

2023 Update: Field Crop Development Centre

The Lacombe Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) finished planting in mid-May with the growing season starting extremely hot and dry.

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Field Crop Development Centre: Summer 2022 Overview

The Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology enjoyed a busy summer. Planting was finished mid-May and the growing season started out extremely dry.

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New Varieties from FCDC at Olds College

Currently, there are five varieties that the Olds College Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) is in the process of signing licensing agreements with industry partners.

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FCDC’s First Growing Season with Olds College

The Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) at Olds College was in full swing for the 2021 planting and growing season.

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Varieties Available for Licensing

The period to apply for exclusive production and marketing rights for 2023 varieties has now closed. To receive notification when new varieties become available, and for other FCDC news, please join our mailing list.

Varieties Currently In-Market

Historical Varieties



Chigwell Jaeger Falcon Wapiti Bobcat
Ponoka Mahigan Condor Pronghorn Pika
Manny Tercel Noble
Niobe Kasota Samson
Tyto Phoenix Abee
Niska Seebe
Peregrine Tukwa
Team Members
Kofi Agblor headshot

Kofi Agblor

Program Director

Dana Bajema  headshot

Dana Bajema

Operations Coordinator

Erin Collier headshot

Erin Collier

Business Development Officer

Yadeta Kabeta headshot

Yadeta Kabeta

Barley Breeder

Mazen Aljarrah headshot

Mazen Aljarrah

Triticale breeder

Lori Oatway headshot

Lori Oatway

Research Scientist - Quality

Michael Oro headshot

Michael Oro

Operations Lead

Sajid Rehman headshot

Sajid Rehman

Research Scientist - Pathology

Jennifer Zantinge headshot

Jennifer Zantinge

Research Scientist - Biotechnology

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Office Location
5030-50 St.
Lacombe AB
T4L 1W8

Farm Location
40227 Range Road 27-0
Hwy 2A South
Lacombe AB
T4L 2N1