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2017 Harvest Update

September 22: Harvest of spring cereal crops is advancing ahead of normal this year, with barley almost entirely off in Manitoba, 85% complete in Saskatchewan (5-yr average ~70%) and 70% in Alberta (5-yr average ~60%).  Barley yields appear to be on trend this year at around 63 bushels/acre, although this is lower than anecdotal reports […]

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SEEDING UPDATE

As of June 7th its a tale of two stories on the Prairies: too wet in some areas to finish seeding; too dry in other areas slowing crop development and generating talk of drought conditions.  Barley seeding is now around 85% complete in W. Canada with some central  areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta still struggling […]

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2017 SEEDING UPDATE

Seeding across the Prairies has advanced rapidly in the past two weeks after a very slow start.  However while southern Saskatchewan and Alberta have virtually completed seeding, further north the story is very different with continued wet conditions limiting field work. In southern Alberta barley seeding was 87% complete as of May 23rd, but only […]

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2017 SEEDING UPDATE

Seeding is well behind average across western Canada this Spring.  Alberta Agriculture estimates seeding at 6% complete as of May 2 compared with 21% last year and the 5 year average of 13%.   Cool temperatures in April kept soils from drying out and warming up.   In Saskatchewan poor weather has delayed spring field work and […]

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BA RELEASES 2016 CRAFT STATS

The US Brewers Association released their 2016 statistics at the end of March.  The figures show 5,301 breweries were operating in the US in 2016, with 826 new brewery openings and 97 closings during the year.  The breakdown includes 3,131 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs and 186 regional craft breweries together totaling 5,234 in the craft sector. […]

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Australia’s record 2016-17 crop

On Valentine’s day, ABARES released their February 2016-17 crop report.  With harvesting of winter crops almost finished, revised projections now show an Australian winter crop of 58.9 mln tonnes with records in all major grains including wheat at 35.1 mln tonnes, barley at 13.4 mln tonnes and canola at 4.1 mln tonnes.  The revisions were […]

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2016 W. Canada Malt Barley Seeded Area

The Canadian Grain Commission has released preliminary information on malting barley quality as well as seeded area and production on their web site as part of the annual Quality of Western Canadian Malting Barley report compiled by the Grain Research Laboratory (GRL) with contributions from the CMBTC. The information can be found here.  Among the […]

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China barley imports strong again in 2015-16

China’s barley imports totaled 7.6 million tonnes in 2015-16 (July/June) according to China customs data, down slightly from the record 8.3 mln T in 2014-15 but still an enormous program reflecting significant imports of feed barley as well as strong malting barley imports.  France was the largest overall barley supplier at 3.2 mln T followed […]

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Prairie barley crop looking good

Barley crops across Western Canada are generally in good condition. In Alberta there are some concerns over recent dryness in south and central regions however crops provincially are rated 79% in good or excellent condition compared to last year at 30% and the 5 year average of 73%.  In Saskatchewan the majority of crops are […]

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Prairie seeding almost complete

Crop seeding is nearing completion across the Canadian Prairies.  After very dry conditions through April and early May, subsequent rains provided much needed moisture, encouraging planting and now helping with germination and emergence.  As of May 31st, seeding is now over 95% complete in both Alberta and Manitoba, a little ahead of average in both […]

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