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Canada Barley Production Outlook 2019

As seeding approaches in Western Canada, industry pundits are busy making forecasts for 2019 crop areas. The industry is projecting barley seeded area to rise given strong prices for feed barley, reasonable values for malting barley and very low overall barley carryout this year. The most recent Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada report, released April 16, forecasts […]


Jan 21, 2019 – We have entered the time of year when the farm shows are in progress. The Crop Production Show in Saskatoon just finished and the Brandon Ag Days will begin this week. Traditionally this is when the maltsters and grain companies reveal pricing ideas for their malt barley programs. Farmers anticipate malt barley […]

Barley Market Report

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 August 1 of feed […]

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 […]

CMBTC 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 […]

CMBTC Crop Progress Update – July 18, 2018

This past week crop conditions are on the decline, hot dry weather was the norm across Western Canada. The southwest region of Saskatchewan and southeast region of Alberta remain the driest section of the Prairies. The recent rains of June, which contributed to overall soil moisture levels getting replenished, have been dried out by the […]


Western Canada Finally general seeding is occurring throughout Western Canada. The weather forecast is for hot, dry weather with little rain events to interrupt seeding. Day time temperatures are forecast at 20C or higher however overnight temperatures are in the low single digits which is below normal for this time of year. Southern Alberta is roughly […]


Temperatures have been consistently below average in Western Canada this Spring and as a result seeding will likely be delayed 2-3 weeks compared with the average of recent years. Overnight temperatures have continued to fall below zero in many areas of the Prairies, keeping the soil from warming up. A recent low pressure system brought snow to the […]


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 […]

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