Small grains, including barley, are competing for acres this spring. North Dakota Barley Council Executive Administrator Steve Edwardson says malting barley contract prices are adjusting. Edwardson is hopeful for a modest increase in barley acres. “We’ll know more on March 31, but we are seeing global market disruptions. ” China is purchasing a lot of feed barley out of Canada. “That looks to continue and will put more pressure on the supply side here to make sure there’s enough in the pipeline. They need a cushion, and that’s probably the only way they’ll have it.” Edwardson reminds farmers that barley can perform well in dry conditions, but timely rains will be needed for the crop.
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