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Effect of crop residue, nitrogen rate and fungicide application on malting barley productivity, quality, and foliar disease severity

Turkington, T.K., O'Donovan, J.T., Edney, M.J., Juskiw, P.E., McKenzie, R.H., Harker, K.N., Clayton, G.W., Xi, K., Lafond, G.P., Irvine, R.B., Brandt, S., Johnson, E.N., May, W.E., Smith, E. (2012). Effect of crop residue, nitrogen rate and fungicide application on malting barley productivity, quality, and foliar disease severity, 92(3), 577-588. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2011-216

Abstract

The productivity and quality of the malting barley cultivar AC Metcalfe and leaf disease severity were evaluated under three residue types [barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), canola (Brassica napus L.), field pea (Pisum sativum L.)], two nitrogen (N) fertilizer rates (50 or 100% of soil test recommendation for N), and two fungicide treatments (no fungicide or fungicide applied) at seven sites across western Canada from 2006 to 2009. Residue type had a significant effect on leaf disease severity, which was increased when barley was the previous crop compared with canola and field peas. In general, emergence, head counts, grain yield, kernel weight, test weight, kernel plumpness were lowest for barley grown on barley residue compared with canola and field pea residue. Fungicide application reduced leaf disease severity and increased yield, kernel weight, test weight, and kernel plumpness, while decreasing dockage and thins. However, the magnitude of the impact of fungicide on one or more of these parameters was lower compared with planting barley on field pea or canola residue. Overall, increasing the N rate from 50 to 100% had no effect on leaf disease levels and only increased yields slightly compared with not planting barley on barley residue. However, the 100% rate of N did significantly increase grain protein levels. In contrast, planting barley on field pea residue did not result in a consistent increase in grain protein.

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