Final 2021 U.S. Barley Production and December Quarterly Stock Reports

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their annual 2021 Crop Production and their quarterly Grain Stocks reports on January 12, 2022 at noon EST.  Summaries of these reports are posted to the AMBA website.

Production – Production was estimated at 118 million bushels, down 31 percent from the 2020 total of 171 million bushels. The average yield, at 60.4 bushels per acre, was down 16.8 bushels from the previous year. Producers seeded 2.66 million acres in 2021, down 2 percent from 2020. Harvested area, at 1.95 million acres, was down 12 percent from 2020.

Stocks – Barley stored in all positions on December 1, 2021 totaled 97.6 million bushels, down 34 percent from December 1, 2020. On-farm stocks are estimated at 43.1 million bushels, 49 percent below a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 54.5 million bushels, are 14 percent below December 2020. The September – November 2021 indicated disappearance is 37.8 million bushels, 23 percent above the same period a year earlier.

Look for an updated Grain Stocks report and a Prospective Plantings report posted on the AMBA website on March 31, 2022. 

2021 Barley Variety Survey Maps

The American Malting Barley Association conducts a confidential survey of its members contracting malting barley each year. The data for the major barley producing states is combined and reported as percentages of the acreage planted by state and crop reporting districts. The 2021 variety survey maps and past maps can be found posted on the AMBA website here.

Increased staffing realized at the USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit

The USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit (CCRU) in Madison, WI realized pandemic related shutdowns most of 2020 and had been operating with only 25% staffing in 2021. The lab is critical infrastructure for the barley industry by providing malting quality analysis for public breeding programs in the US. The reduced staffing has resulted in a large backlog of breeder’s samples from the 2019 and 2020 crop years. On October 1, the USDA-ARS announced that the 25% staffing would continue until January 2022. AMBA contacted the ARS Area Director, Dr. Alberto Pantoja, explaining our concerns and pointed out the large building footprint in relation to the modest staff number. We are happy to report that the CCRU has been given permission to expand to 100% staffing. We are grateful that USDA-ARS has responded to our request. Employees may opt to continue with remote work, so not all staff will return immediately. Acting Research Leader, Dr. Mali Mahalingam, is allowing for expanded hours and staggered shifts to increase individuals comfort/willingness with returning to on-site work. AMBA recognizes the burden the pandemic has placed on many of our members and researchers, and we are here to support and help navigate these challenges.