Milwaukee – September 9, 2019 – As with many other crops, the seeding of barley was delayed in some areas due to the cool-wet spring. One consequence has been a later and longer harvest period. “This drawn out harvest has increased the chances of small grains getting rained on and sprouting in the field,” according to Marvin Zutz, Executive Director of the Minnesota Barley Growers. “It appears that much of the barley was harvested prior to the rain in Minnesota, but a significant portion of the crop in North Dakota did not get taken off in time. Other states may have regions affected as well.”
Milwaukee – July 9, 2019 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors added the following variety to the recommended list of malting barley varieties for 2019. LCS Violetta, a winter two-row malting variety, was developed by Saatzucht Breun in Germany and is marketed in the US by Limagrain Cereal Seeds. It has performed well in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, but may not perform as well in the upper Midwest and northeast during severe winters.
Washington, DC – February 14, 2019 – The National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) – whose members include growers, brewers, maltsters, and life science companies – met for their annual winter board meeting in Washington DC Feb 6-8, 2019.
NBGA members also met with their congressional representatives to advocate for their policy priorities, including passage of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), lifting of the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, permanent beer excise tax reform, and funding for the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative as well as the Small Grains Genomic Initiative.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
At their December 13, 2017 meeting, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors approved a list of recommended malting barley varieties for 2018.
The North American malting barley industry has undergone some significant changes in the last quarter century. There has been a decline in the area planted to barley, particularly feed types, an increase in direct contracting with producers, and a shift toward two-row varieties.
The industry was founded on the production of six-rowed varieties. Early production was concentrated near the large brewing centers in the eastern half of the continent and growers found that the available six-row varieties performed best in these humid regions. Brewers too, favored these varieties which had quality attributes best suited to making the beer that the public was drinking.