2011 Regional Crop Quality reports for North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and Montana will soon be completed and published by the Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences and the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. This will be the 33rd annual report for North Dakota and Minnesota, and the 2nd annual report for Montana. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Fargo, N.D. coordinated the collection of more than 150 samples from all three states, and quality analysis was conducted at the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences and the North Dakota Grain Inspection Service Inc., both in Fargo.
According to the USDA NASS Small Grains Summary published September 30, harvested barley acres remained steady at 620 thousand in Montana, but were down this year in both Minnesota and North Dakota, 14 and 48 percent respectively. The decrease in North Dakota was partly due to flooding and wet conditions during the growing season which led to prevented planting of approximately 30 percent of planned barley acreage. Total U.S. production for 2011 is estimated at 155 million bushels compared to 180 million bushels in 2010 and 227 million bushels in 2009.
The 2011 crop quality reports will be finished later this month and the 2010 reports can be found on the IBMS website at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ibms/barley/quality.html
Source: NDSU Department of Plant Sciences-Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences