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Barley organization to streamline

Alberta Barley is welcoming the Barley Council of Canada’s decision to undergo a “strategic realignment.” Changes will involve collaboration on delivery of service and sharing of resources with Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute. The move follows a review by the Barley Roundtable, an initiative […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: World weather buoys barley

MarketsFarm — Canadian feed barley prices are being buoyed by a triple threat of weather circumstances both locally and abroad. Three years of dry growing conditions in Australia have tightened global feed barley supplies to the point that domestic Canadian prices have increased. Current feed barley bids are topping out at $6.25 per bushel in […] Read more



A new in-depth study of grain drying systems, costs, and practices aims to help farmers save money.

Study aims to get a grip on pricey grain drying costs

Tens of millions are spent on grain conditioning in wet years but data on how to trim that cost is lacking

Alberta farmers learned the hard way last fall that wet harvests go hand in hand with grain drying — and the costs that come with that. But Alberta’s main crop commissions are looking for ways to trim those costs as harvests trend later and the need to condition grain goes up. “There has been an […] Read more


Crop sector eyes code of practice to showcase stewardship credentials

The initiative has widespread support among farm groups and industry

It’s early days, but work has begun on developing a code of practice for field crops — a move aimed at reassuring consumers that producers are using sustainable methods to grow food. “It’s basically on the idea level — we’ve done a little bit of work on what it could potentially look like, but it’s […] Read more

Whether to go for malt or for feed is “a question a lot of farmers are asking themselves,” says the markets manager for Alberta Barley.

It’s not glamorous, but feed barley is a bright spot

Demand has shot up over the past year but there’s a caveat — China has been the big buyer

Barley growers will have a tough choice this spring: Target an oversaturated malt market or go for the red-hot one — feed barley. “It’s got to be a question a lot of farmers are asking themselves, especially if you’re in a region where feed and malt prices have been about the same,” said Geoff Backman, […] Read more



Six crop commission directors acclaimed

Some director spots are still open as well as positions for regional reps and delegates

Several directors and reps on Alberta crop commissions have been elected by acclamation. Denis Guindon of Falher (Region 3) and Kevin Serfas from Turin (Region 9) will both serve a second three-year term on the board of directors of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Wayne Schneider from Nisku was also acclaimed to the board, replacing […] Read more


Poor weather conditions have seen an extended harvest season that may go unfinished for many producers.

Alberta grower groups call for provincial readiness

Alberta’s four crop commissions are calling on the province to be ready to respond promptly to unharvested acre claims. Although harvesting has since resumed, there were about 7.8 million unharvested acres as of Oct. 10. “The conditions at this point in the fall are worse this year than in 2016 when weather caused many acres […] Read more

Alberta Barley seeking nominations

Deadline is Oct. 31

Alberta Barley is seeking nominations for 25 positions — two directors in Regions 5 and 6; one director-at-large for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 6; and 22 delegate spots. Any farmers seeking a director or director-at-large position must submit paperwork via fax to Alberta Barley at 1-403-291-0190 or by email to [email protected] by Oct. 31. […] Read more