Malting Barley

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2-row barley heading

Brewing markets have one of the most stringent sets of quality standards of all the small grain markets. The humid northeastern climate of NYS can make this all the more challenging; even in the western North American malting barley regions, a significant percentage of barley crops may not meet malting quality standards in a given year. A grave mistake that NYS growers can make is to underestimate and/or be uninformed about the management attention that malting barley needs in order to achieve malting quality standards. If inadequate management is coupled with a difficult weather year, the chance of a malting barley crop failure is high. Operating in a new, developing craft economy also has its own set of challenges. Several aspects of malting barley need to be understood to manage the crop’s potential to produce and meet market quality specifications for craft markets in our climate and context. 

Grain Drying and Storage Resources

For more information on grain drying and storage, visit North Dakota State University's Grain Drying & Storage webpage.

Economics Resources

  • Cost of production estimates by variety by management intensity by year (2015, 2016, 2017) for conventionally tilled malting barley in NY (PDF)
  • 2017 budgets by variety by management intensity for conventionally tilled malting barley in NY (PDF)
  • 2017 budgets by variety for reduced tillage malting barley in NY (PDF)

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