Those of you brave enough to include malt barley in the rotation next year (sorry, that’s my Manitoba showing), the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has released its list of recommended varieties for 2014.
Listing the top picks for both 2-row and 6-row varieties, the recommended list is a helpful tool in selecting varieties that are most likely to be selected by maltsters beginning next fall. Of note, AC Metcalfe is the top pick on the 2-row side, followed by CDC Copeland. CDC Meredith and CDC PolarStar round up the four varieties that account for up to 85% of the malting market. Staying with the 2-row lines, Newdale, Major, Bentley, Merit 57 and CDC Kindersley make up the rest of the demand.
Legacy, Tradition and Celebration are the only three 6-row varieties listed as recommended, though it is noted that CDC Mayfair and CDC Anderson are not yet available commercially, however some is being grown for market testing purposes.
For the full details on the recommended varieties and their distributors, click on this link: CMBTC Recommended Malting Barley Varieties 2014 2015 final.