The initial quality and yield reports are favorable for this year’s barley crop nationwide. However, American Malting Barley Association Vice President and Technical Director Ashley McFarland says late planting may lead to prolonged dry down and harvest challenges. “Typically, we put it in storage and try to get air on it to get it to dry down,” says McFarland. “We have to be careful with malting barley to not use too high of temperatures when drying it.” Early yield reports are good. “There are also good test weights. The real test is quality. If we could keep the crop clean and disease free, we’ll be coming out good on the yields.”
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