The annual recommendation list of barley varieties is out for 2021, with some very familiar names and a few up-and-coming varieties, as well. The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) releases the list each year, identifying varieties that hold the most promise for producers in terms of selection and marketability based on current acceptance in… Read More

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CRBC) — a collaboration of Alberta Barley, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), and Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) formed earlier this year — has committed more than $1.5 million to a barley breeding agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The funding, spread over five years, ensures that western Canadian farmers… Read More

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s field crop development centre is changing its location, and how its research is conducted. Now to be housed at Olds College — through an initial $10.5 million grant over three years, funded through Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) — the barley breeding program will continue to develop and introduce new varieties… Read More

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC) — which consists of Sask Barley, Alberta Barley, and the Manitoba Crop Alliance — is investing $2.7 million over five years in the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Crop Development Centre (CDC) through a core breeding agreement to develop barley varieties with improved agronomics, disease resistance, and end-use quality. The… Read More

Plant growth regulator (PGR) Manipulator is available for use on oats and barley, in addition to wheat, for the 2020 growing season. The PGR that provides the active ingredient of chlormequat chloride, makes plants develop shorter, thicker stalks to prevent lodging even when pushing higher nitrogen rates for more yield or protein. When using any… Read More

News of Cargill spinning off its malting business was first announced last December. The deal to sell the global malt business to Axreal’s subsidary, Boortmalt, has officially closed, as of October 31. Boortmalt’s parent company, Axreal, is France’s largest grain cooperative. Cargill had one lone malting company in Canada — Prairie Malt, based at Biggar,… Read More

Concerns surrounding this year’s crop have been across the board — from a lack of moisture, to major storms and hail, to late rain, challenges from the growing season have translated into harvest quality concerns. RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney brought on Wendy White, grain marketing manger with Viterra on Thursday’s show to provide an… Read More

Things are looking up for the barley market. That’s the message from the SaskBarley annual general meeting held recently during CropSphere at Saskatoon, Sask. “I think the industry has never been stronger. We’re seeing huge exports on the feed side going into China, we’re strengthening in the malt side, both domestically and globally, and we’ve… Read More

A French company is purchasing 15 malt barley facilities from Cargill. The purchase includes Prairie Malt, located in Biggar, Sask. The two companies, Cargill and Axéréal’s malt subsidiary, Boortmalt, entered into an agreement expanding Boortmalt’s global economic footprint. In a news release, Cargill states existing clients should also see further opportunities for growth as a result… Read More

Since 2004, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has released its annual list of varieties they believe are top notch for producers. Three qualities these recommendations must excel in are: performance, quality, and marketability. These varieties have been tested on a pilot scale and exhibit good malting and brewing characteristics, says the CMBTC. Not only… Read More