Category: Blog

Category: Blog

HARVEST PROGRESS UPDATE

16/10/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of October 13, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 97.8% complete (source AB Ag).
  • As of October 12, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 100% complete (source SK Ag).
  • As of October 13 , Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 99% complete (source MB Ag).

HARVEST PROGRESS UPDATE

14/10/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of October 6, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 94% complete (source AB Ag).
  • As of October 5, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 99% complete (source SK Ag).
  • As of October 6, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 99% complete (source MB Ag).

Canadian Beer Day

07/10/2020

Its October 7th, which means its Canadian Beer Day!   Tip one back and check out the following videos posted on the Beer Canada You Tube channel.  In addition to this year's Canadian Beer Day video, see also videos that provide an overview of the malting and brewing processes, as well as a variety of beer related topics, featuring CMBTC staff members Andrew Nguyen and Aaron Onio. Cheers!!

Canadian Beer Day 2020

The Malting Process

Brewing in a nutshell

Talking malt at the CMBTC

Ales & Lagers

Can’t judge a beer by its colour

Bitterness in beer

Hops dry and wet

Endless opportunities in beer

How to pour a wheat beer

Harvest progress update

02/10/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of September 29, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 82% complete (source AB Ag).
    • South – 97.2%
    • Central – 81.7%
    • North East – 80.0%
    • North West – 63.0%
    • Peace – 44.3%
  • As of September 28, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 98% complete (source SK Ag).
  • As of September 29, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 97% complete (source MB Ag).

Harvest Progress Update

28/09/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of Sep 22, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 66% complete (source AB Ag).
    • South - 93%
    • Central - 62.1%
    • North East - 52.8%
    • North West - 46.0%
    • Peace - 26.4%
  • As of September 22, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 95% complete (source MB Ag).
    • Southwest - 95-100%;
    • Central - 95-100%;
    • North West - 90%
  • As of Sep 21, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 86% complete (source SK Ag).

 


 

CMBTC Update – Malting Barley Harvest Ideas 2020

14/08/2020

Western Canada is poised to harvest a large grain crop with most areas of the Prairies having received sufficient moisture this growing season. While some pockets have been too dry, most of the grain growing regions have received sufficient to excess amounts of moisture this season.  As harvest begins, the CMBTC has some considerations for producers of malting barley to help ensure their barley has the highest changes of selection as malt.

Use of Glyphosate, Desiccants on Malting Barley in Canada

Selectors and buyers of malting barley in Canada require that barley must not have been treated with pre-harvest desiccants, in an effort to uniformly dry the crop, or glyphosate products for controlling perennial weeds. Contracts with growers generally state that malting barley shall not have been treated with desiccants or other products such as glyphosate or saflufenacil.  Use of these products is not accepted by the malting barley industry in Canada due to the potential for compromised quality such as a reduction in germination capacity, reduced kernel size and lower test weight.

In Canada, the “Keep it Clean” program provides farmers with guidance on the proper use of crop protection products. The following statement is provided on the Keep it Clean  web site: Malt Barley – Glyphosate (i.e. Roundup), Saflufenacil (i.e. Heat) will not be accepted by grain buyers if treated pre-harvest.

Many Western Canadian buyers and selectors have technical staff to aid farmers with management decisions on how to achieve premium malt quality without using glyphosate, saflufenacil or desiccants, by applying specific practices such as early seeding, manipulating plant population to reduce tillering and increase uniformity, use of swathing, and choosing correct genetics for a specific growing area.  The can also provide guidance of how to dry down malting barley after harvest (see also below).

Drying & Storage of Malting Barley

With many areas experiencing higher than average precipitation this season, malting barley may come off with higher levels of moisture in some regions. As a result, an important consideration for farmers with malting barley will be drying and proper storing and monitoring of the grain to ensure quality does not deteriorate.  Generally speaking barley should be dried down to 13.5% moisture for storage or delivery into the system. If your barley has excess moisture levels (i.e. above 13.5%), it is at risk of heating, loss of germination and other issues such as mold and mildew during storage.  

How to dry your malting barley

  • If your moisture level is >13.5%, you should endeavour to bring the grain moisture down.
  • Do not store malt barley @ >14.5% moisture for prolonged periods of time. Fungi and bacteria grow more quickly on higher moisture grain.
  • In some circumstances, moisture will need to be removed from barley using driers.  The basic rule with malting barley is “low and slow” with air temperatures not exceeding 68C and grain temperatures not exceeding 42C.
  • Do not aerate when foggy or raining as moisture will accumulate on the surface of the grain potentially causing spoilage organisms to proliferate

Monitoring your barley after storage

The industry standard for germination energy in malting barley is minimum 95%, and good storage conditions can help maintain malting barley vigour. Heating, mold and mildew can also lead to barley being rejected for selection as malt.  Here are some tips to keep your barley in condition:

  • Run your aeration fans on cold days to cool (and eventually freeze) your bins. Cool and dry grain has greatly improved shelf life.
  • If air/heat is not possible in the bin to dry the grain, you may need to remove all or part of the grain from your bin to dry it, or at least cool it down, before putting it back in the bin.
  • Check your bin tops for moisture migration. A small bit of tough barley can ultimately spoil the whole bin if not addressed.
  • If you have concerns, you can submit a sample to your local malting barley buyer to check the germination level of your barley.

2020 Seeding Considerations

01/04/2020

CMBTC 2020 Seeding Considerations/Recommendations

After a difficult harvest in 2019, the CMBTC has an number of recommendations for farmers planning to grow malting barley in 2020:

2020 Seeding

  • Buy certified seed to improve your chances of achieving malt: Certified seed will generally reduce incidence of disease, and increase evenness of germination and crop uniformity. Varietal purity is also important for selection.
  • Using on farm seed:  If you plan to use on farm seed, get it tested. Verify the germination, it should be minimum 85%, some seed may have lost it's vigor.
  • Soil Health: Excessive wet conditions last fall may have caused leeching of fertilizer and other chemicals, its important to get fields tested.
  • Consider your crop rotation - barley should not be seeded on cereal ground.

Reminder re: Storage of 2019 Crop

A large tonnage of 2019 barley was harvested wet and there was quite a lot of barley stored in bags. With wide temperatures swings this winter, farmers should be diligent in monitoring and testing the barley in bins and in bags.  While malting barley may still be in condition, a lot of barley suffered pre-harvest germination and is unlikely to maintain its vigour into hot summer months.  As a result, farmers with malting barley should look at marketing it prior to warming temperatures.

A reminder to farmers: check your bins!

09/01/2020

 The difference between feed and malt can be $1.50/bushel or more!

With the challenging 2019 harvest behind us (at least for most) an important consideration for farmers with malting barley this winter will be properly storing and monitoring the grain to ensure quality does not deteriorate. Even barley that did not appear chitted at harvest is showing signs of pre-harvest sprouting when tested, and in some cases this is resulting in a loss in germination. If your barley has excess moisture levels (i.e. above 13.5%) and/or has not had a chance to cool down since harvest, it is at risk of heating, loss of germination and other issues such as mold and mildew.

Generally speaking, the industry standard for germination in malting barley is minimum 95%, and good storage conditions can help maintain malting barley vigour. Heating, mold and mildew can also lead to barley being rejected for selection as malt.

What to do?

  • Check your bin tops for moisture migration. A small bit of tough barley can ultimately spoil the whole bin if not addressed.
  • If your moisture level is above 13.5%, you should try to get the moisture down.
  • Run your aeration fans on cold days to freeze your bins. Cool and dry grain has greatly improved shelf life.
  • If air/heat is not possible in the bin, you may need to remove all or part of the grain from your bin to dry it, or at least cool it down before putting it back in the bin.

Questions?

You can submit a sample to your local malting barley buyer to check the germination level of your barley.  Questions can also be directed to:

Saskatchewan

Jill McDonald, SaskBarley
jmcdonald@saskbarley.com

Alberta

Jeremy Boychyn, Alberta Barley
jboychyn@Albertawheatbarley.com

Manitoba

info@mbwheatandbarley.ca

CMBTC

Peter Watts
pwatts@cmbtc.com

Saskatchewan Crop Walk

26/08/2019

Check out this video from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture with Mitchell Japp, Provincial Specialist - Cereal Crops, and Matt Enns, barley farmer and maltster from Rosthern, discussing how to grow harvest great malting barley!

#SKcropwalk Harvest considerations- malt barley with Matt Enns from Makers Malt

Posted by Saskatchewan Agriculture on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Made in Canada Tour

10/06/2019

Join us July 24 & 25th for the Made in Canada malting barley tour in Alberta!

Made in Canada Tour Details

Custom tour for brewers and maltsters to view the newest Canadian malting barley varieties. During the tour, participants will have the opportunity to see plots and fields of new varieties such as AAC Connect, CDC Bow, Lowe, CDC Fraser, TR15155 and others alongside existing varieties such as AC Metcalfe, CDC Copeland and AAC Synergy.

Date: July 23 – 25, 2019

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Cost: Free (with the exception of travel and accommodations)

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/made-in-canada-tour-tickets-60949895779