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42ND Barley Improvement Conference Held

Albuquerque, NM – January 17, 2019 –  A successful 42ND biennial Barley Improvement Conference was held in Albuquerque, NM, January 9-10, 2019.  The conference has been hosted by the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) and its predecessor organizations since the 1940s and brings together participants representing the whole malting barley supply chain including researchers, growers and end users.  This year’s meeting was also sponsored by the Idaho Barley Commission, Minnesota Barley Research & Promotion Council, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Wheat & Barley Committee, National Barley Growers Association, North Dakota Barley Council, and Washington Grain Commission.

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AMBA Announces Recommended Malting Barley Varieties for 2019

Milwaukee – January 3, 2019 – Each year, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) releases its list of recommended malting barley varieties to US growers.  AMBA is a nonprofit trade association of 76 brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of US malting barley.  The list is meant to inform US producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the upcoming year.  Some varieties will be used in large quantities and others are only utilized is niche markets, so producers are encouraged to contact their local elevator, grain handler or processor to gauge market demand for any variety grown in their region prior to seeding.

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AMBA RECOMMENDED VARIETIES – June, 2018 Update

At their June 6, 2018 meeting, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors added Puffin to the recommended list of malting barley varieties.
Puffin, a winter two-row, was released in 1987 by The Miln Marsters Group, Kings Lynn, Norfolk UK which is now part of Limagrain Cereal Seeds.  It has been tested extensively in Ohio and has strong straw with winter-hardiness superior to Charles and Endeavor.  The Ohio State University barley breeder, Dr. Eric Stockinger, notes that “Puffin consistently performs well in Ohio…

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Climate Change Impacts Barley Production

Milwaukee, WI – May 17, 2018 – The major malting barley growing regions of the US extend from the Northern Great Plains, through the intermountain mountains and into the Pacific Northwest.  A diverse geography that is being impacted by climate change in different ways requires a multidisciplinary approach to the development of adapted barley varieties.  Temperatures across the region are predicted to increase in the coming years.  North Dakota has seen the fastest increase in temperature in the contiguous 48 states, mainly through warming winters.  The increases in the Pacific Northwest are expected to be largest during the summer growing season.

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A Focus on Malting Barley Markets

Milwaukee, WI – May 3, 2018 – Barley remains an important feed grain, but recent years have seen a much higher portion of the crop going for malting.  Coinciding with the rise of malting barley as the dominate use, has been an increase in the processes and products made from malt.  A diverse number of malt products can be made from a single variety of barley through changes to the malting process, but many applications require the development of new varieties.  The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) provides funding for malting barley researchers across the country and communicates the needs of the different segments of the industry.

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Golden Triangle Barley Update Provides Vision for the Future

Conrad, MT – February 20, 2018 – The future direction of the barley industry was the emphasis of discussion at the February 15 Golden Triangle Barley Update in Conrad.  The triennial event is a collaboration between MSU Extension and industry representatives.  Nearly 75 growers and industry representatives from across the Golden Triangle braved the winter roads on the way to Conrad to hear from experts.

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LED Lights for Speed Breeding

Speed Breeding Greenhouse Using a speed growing technique that employs LED lights has the potential to dramatically accelerate the process of breeding better-performing crops, according to researchers at John Innes Centre in England and Australian institutions, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Results of the study appeared in January in the scientific journal Nature Plants. The new speed breeding technique means that it’s now possible to grow six generations of wheat every year—a threefold increase over current growth rates.  View Article

Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change

A bumper sticker spotted in Montana reads, “No barley, no beer.” It’s a reminder that Montana’s barley farmers are struggling. Barley is an unforgiving crop that needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate and unpredictable seasons, that’s exactly what’s happening.

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