Weather, together with fertilization, soil and genotype are the main inputs defining crop performance. Malting barley is especially susceptible to adverse climate conditions because its performance is accounted not only in terms of production, but also quality, notably grain protein content.
Regarding 2018, low precipitation levels combined with high temperatures were a challenge that not only significantly reduced yields, but also affected the quality by producing extremely high protein levels.
The objective is to explain the effect of high seasonal temperatures and low precipitation on the phenology and agronomic performance (yield and protein content) of malting barley. Three main research questions motivate this study:
• How susceptible is malting barley to droughts and heat stress during different development stages?
• How do agronomic management affect the resilience of malting barley?
• Can the protein level be predicted based on early development stages?