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Barley yield drops.

The total barley production for the United States as of August 1 was estimated at 394.9 million bushels, according to the report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ladish Malting Co.

The crop was 6.3-percent more than the July 1 estimate, but 15-percent less than the final 1991 production of 464.49 million bushels. The nation's yield-per-acre is forecast at 54.1 bushels, 1.1 bushels less than the 55.2-bushel yield in 1991.

The government's estimate of barley production in the principal six-row malting barley producing states of North and South Dakota and Minnesota was 190.13 million bushels. This was 7.3-percent more than the July 1 forecast of 177.2 million, but less than the malting trade had anticipated. As a result, the industry believes the estimate is a modest one.

Due to cool temperatures, the barley harvest got off to a slow start with less than 15 percent of the total crop combined. Nevertheless, the quality of the crop is considered excellent, Ladish reported, in terms of plumpness and protein content.

The condition of the two-row malting barley crop was mixed, according to Ladish. The irrigated crop in Montana and Idaho is generally good, while the Montana crop was hurt by heat and drought.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Aug 24, 1992
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