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Jan 9, 2019 – The Canadian barley export market continues to be very vibrant, with exports from August 1 – December 31 at 954,000 tonnes (T). This compares with 772,000 T last year at this time and the five-year average of 519,000 T. China continues to be the most dominant buyer, importing over 500,000 T since […]

Crop Progress Update – October 16, 2018

Harvest progress over the past three weeks has been painfully slow in Western Canada. The weather has been abysmal. Snowfall, frost, and rainy wet conditions have made harvest a nightmare. Farmers in all three provinces have been stymied by the inclement weather conditions which in many areas prevented them from entering their fields. The unharvested barley acres, which […]

CROP PROGRESS UPDATE – August 23, 2018

Harvest is advancing quickly, especially in the southern regions of the Prairies. Combines are also rolling across the central and northern regions of the Western provinces. Conditions are near ideal for harvest with the recent hot and dry weather. Crops are drying quickly which will give the farmers uninterrupted access to harvest their crops. Barley harvest should be […]


Global barley production in 2017 is estimated by the USDA at 141.7 million tonnes (mt), down from 147.1 mt in 2016.  Output is lower in Australia (8.0 mt  compared with 13.4 mt in 2016), Canada (7.3 vs 8.8), the US (3.1 vs 4.4) and Argentina (2.8 vs 3.3).  Production is up 3 mt in Russia […]


NORTH AMERICA – After a cool, wet start to the season in Western Canada, which delayed seeding in some areas, hot and dry conditions this summer have taken a toll on crops, particularly in the southern regions of Saskatchewan and Alberta leading to expectations of below average yields and high protein in cereals including malting […]

Global Barley Market Update

The 2017 crop season is well underway with seeding advanced or completed in many of the major barley exporting countries.  We now head into weather market season as analysts monitor the conditions on a weekly basis to assess the impact on projected yields and quality.  We present a summary of seeding progress, crop conditions and […]


Plentiful world grain and oilseed stocks continue to weigh on the overall grain markets which in turn is keeping pressure on malting barley prices.  In this context the barley market situation is not bullish although current weather conditions and lower seeding projections could lead to higher values going into next year. Australia’s record crop, including […]


With much of barley harvested in Europe, analysts are revising production forecasts lower along with estimates of available malting barley supplies. On August 26th the EC released updated forecasts lowering the barley crop to 59 mln tonnes versus their July forecast of 62.1 mln tonnes (60.7 in 2015).  Barley across much of France and Germany […]


The highlights of the past two weeks include firming European barley values due to concerns over disease pressure from continued rains.  Meanwhile Western Canada received very timely rains and warm weather to advance crops toward an optimistic outcome.   Australian barley areas have mostly received good rains with the exception of South Queensland and Northern New […]

Malting barley supplies tight in Australia & Canada

Malting barley supplies in Australia are relatively tight this year given smaller than average selection rates from the 2015 crop. A dry, hot finish during last year’s harvest negatively impacted crop quality.  Currently conditions are quite dry in Australia which may favour barley plantings over other crops such as canola. In Canada there will be […]

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