Promoting Canadian Oats

Oat Advantage Oat Breeding Winter Progress Report

With two seasons of initial set up and progress toward this effort, we had a successful harvest of our gravity evaluated plot pairs in the fall of 2021. Through some effort and delays, selected pairs were sent to New Zealand and are emerging there as of January 4th, 2022.

In the summer of 2022, we will be able to see our selection technique prove itself in the field. The seed coming from New Zealand will go into full sized research plots at selected sites in the three prairie provinces to have a real look at our gravity comparisons. Mechanical selection for characteristics such as bushel weight is a prime way of gathering together many beneficial plant genes to move us to our goal.