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Malting barley list released

List has new, higher-yielding varieties that have the greatest likelihood of being selected for malting

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The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has released its list of recommended malting barley varieties for the 2015-16 crop year.

The recommendations are based on varieties the industry has indicated will have the greatest likelihood of being selected by grain and malting companies for both domestic and export markets from the 2015 harvest. Members of the centre were consulted as well as grain companies, maltsters, brewers, and organizations such as the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute.

“Producers can select from a portfolio of newer, higher-yielding varieties,” said Peter Watts, the centre’s managing director.

Because some varieties are better suited to particular growing regions or end-use markets, producers should talk with their local malting barley buyer before deciding which to grow, he said. The use of certified seed to ensure varietal purity and increase opportunity for selection is strongly recommended.

Growers should also be aware the end-use market is changing, he added.

“The emerging craft brewing industries in North America and globally now represent a significant market for malting barley and malt suppliers,” said Watts.

There are now about 2,700 craft breweries in the U.S., according to the U.S. Brewers Association.

“The growth in the craft sector has been remarkable, although the majority of our malting barley is still being used in globally recognized beer brands,” said Watts.

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