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Dept. of Agriculture releases planting plans.

Dept. of Agriculture releases plantings plans

The United States Department of Agriculture released a report covering the prospective barley plantings for the 1991 growing season. According to the report and Ladish Malting Co., farmers' intentions for entire country are to plant 8.7 million acres of barley this year. This is a 6.1-percent gain from 1990, but a 5.1-percent drop from 1989's projections.

In the principal six-row barley-producing states of North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota, farmers intend to plant approximately 4.15 million acres. This would be a 3.8-percent increase compared to the 1990 planted acres.

According to Ladish Malting, it is too early to predict when field work and seeding of small grains will begin in the three states. Nearly all of the snow cover has disappeared, the company said, adding that conditions are quite dry throughout North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Additional moisture is needed to get the crop off to a good start and timely rains throughout the growing period will be needed to insure a crop of good yield and quality.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Apr 8, 1991
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