Recommended malting barley varietal list released

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has released the list of recommended malting barley varieties for the upcoming crop year.

The recommendations are based on the varieties expected to be selected by grain and malting companies for both domestic and export markets for the 2014 harvest, the centre says in a release.

Four two-row varieties, AC Metcalfe, CDC Copeland, CDC Meredith, and CDC PolarStar, are expected to represent 80 to 85 per cent of the anticipated selections. There are five up-and-comers, Newdale, Major, Bentley, Merit 57 and CDC Kindersley, that will represent 15 to 20 per cent of the selections next year and could become dominant varieties in the future, it says.

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Recommended six-row varieties are Legacy, Tradition and Celebration.

The list is published on behalf of the members of the CMBTC, and other companies that have provided their input. CMBTC members are Alberta Agriculture, Alberta Barley Commission, Alfred C. Toepfer Canada, The CWB, Canadian Grain Commission, CANTERRA SEEDS, Cargill AgHorizons, Fedoruk Seeds, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, Molson Coors, Parrish & Heimbecker, Richardson International, SABMiller, Saskatchewan Agriculture, Prairie Malt Limited, the Public Malt Barley Breeders, SeCan, Syngenta Canada and Viterra.

“I would once again like to thank all of our members as well as the industry for helping us put together this list as it is important information for the producer, aiding them in making their seeding decisions for the coming year,” said CMBTC managing director Rob McCaig in a release.

“With the changes made to marketing of Canadian malting barley the generation of this list was a challenging collaborative effort between all parts of the malt barley value chain,” he said. “With these changes the list becomes even more important in providing the farmer with a clear indication of the requirements of the domestic and international maltsters and brewers.”

The recommendations are based on feedback CMBTC members received through contacts with domestic and international maltsters and brewers as well as test malting and brewing results from the centre’s pilot-scale malthouse and brewery. “The list clearly indicates the increasing acceptance of our new Canadian barley varieties by the international and domestic barley users,” McCaig said.

The CMBTC, which started in August 2000, is an independent, non-profit organization funded by members of the malting barley and malt industry. For more information on this year’s list go to: www.cmbtc.com.

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