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Rains stall Prairie harvest

September 13 – After a dry, hot summer that took a toll on Prairie crops, farmers had begun to harvest what was still looking like a pretty good barley crop only to see the weather change in early September with rains stalling harvest in many parts of the Prairies. With about 50% of the barley […]

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2018 Seeding Update

CANADA: Typically at this time of year we would be reporting the percentage of acres seeded, especially in southern Alberta. But that is not the case as Spring has been elusive and cold temperatures persisted into much of April. Finally the weather has changed over the Prairies in the last week bringing with it much anticipated warm dry air.  The […]

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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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