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Barley production strong in 1989.

Barley production strong in 1989

Barley production in the U.S. increased more than 53 percent in the first six months of 1989, the Ladish Malting Co. has reported. According to the Milwaukee-based firm, the U.S. government is forecasting output through June 30 at 444.7 million bushels, compared to 290.5 million bushels produced in the same 1988 period when record drought reduced yields and acreage.

The estimate, Ladish said, is based on 8.7 million acres for harvest, 15 percent more than last year, with an average yield of 51.3 bushels per acre. In 1988, 7.5 million acres were harvested with an average yield of 38.6 bushels per acre.

In the principal six-row barley-producing states of North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota, the government forecasts 4.2 million acres for harvest, a 26-percent increase from the drought-reduced acres harvested in 1988. According to the government, yields for the three states are expected to average 46 bushels per acre, nearly twice the 23.4 bushel yield of 1988.

Present conditions of the two-row barley grown in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado are reported to be favorable in the irrigated areas, Ladish said. Production in these four states is expected to be 48.9 percent greater than last year.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Jul 31, 1989
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