US Barley is Back!

North Dakota has regained its number 1 ranking in barley acreage for 2012, planting 1,140,000 acres, a 185 percent increase over 2011. The following table provides a history of barley acreage for member states of the National Barley Growers Association (data source: USDA-NASS). While barley harvest is still in its early stages, farmers are generally optimistic about their crop. Early yield indications for U.S. barley are in the 50 to 65 bushel per acre range, despite high temperatures later in the season that impacted yields.

According to U.S. Grains Council member North Dakota Barley Council, barley crop quality for malting purposes is anticipated to be acceptable. Early results have shown test weights in the 44 to 48 pound per bushel range, with proteins ranging from 12 to 14 percent. These results are preliminary, however, as harvest has not yet reached 50 percent completion.

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