It’s been a tough few years for barley production. Anheuser-Busch Midwest Regional Agronomy Manager Nikki Zahradka-Bylin says this year’s late planting season is another curve ball. “Barley inventories are tight, but we hedge that risk by being geographically diversified and contracting with other states.” Anheuser-Busch is working with its current growers to increase acres where possible to make up for expected production declines. “With growers able to get seeded in the west, they’re planting additional acres for sure to compensate for the lack of acres in the east.”
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