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

Based on market demand and feedback from the malting industry, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) publishes a list every fall of recommended varieties for producers to grow the following year. And every year, for the last 11, the list has been topped by AC Metcalfe and CDC Copeland. (CDC Copeland joined AC Metcalfe… Read More

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has announced, Chinese company Yantai Hyaline Malting Co., Ltd. as a new member.  Hyaline Malting is the third company from China to join the CMBTC in the last three years, says the CMBTC. China is an important market for Canadian malt barley, as, in 2015/16, China’s malt barley purchases were… Read More

If malt barley is in your crop plan for 2016, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has issued its list of recommended varieties for the 2016-17 year based on market demand. The list (find it here) is compiled by the CMBTC’s members, which include grain companies, seed companies, maltsters, brewers and government ag departments. CDC… Read More

It’s estimated 70 to 80 percent of the barley grown in Western Canada was affected by heavy rains and snow in early-to-mid September. Factor in the 31 percent decrease in overall barley production estimated by Statistics Canada in its report out Friday morning, and the math is simple; barley that qualifies for malt will be harder to… Read More

By Karen Lewis In year two of its existence, the wheat and barley check-off continues to provide producers with a significant “bang for their buck” supporting the growth of the agricultural industry. The five-year federal check-off enables producers to continue supporting the work conducted by the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), Canadian International Grains Institute… Read More