Quality of Western Canadian barley 2017

Barley production

Table 1. Yearly comparison of barley seeded area and production in Canada
Seeded area (millions of hectares) Production (millions of tonnes)
2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015
Manitoba 0.107 0.146 0.162 0.408 0.540 0.566
Saskatchewan 0.941 1.002 0.971 2.673 3.375 2.863
Alberta and British Columbia 1.170 1.318 1.380 3.836 4.457 4.357
Western Canada 2.219 2.465 2.513 6.916 8.372 7.786
Canada 2.336 2.586 2.641 7.306 8.784 8.226

Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table 001-0010; September 19, 2017.

Barley Yield

The average barley yield in Western Canada for 2017 is estimated at 64.1 bushels per acre compared to 73.9 and 65.0 bushels per acre in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

The average barley yield in Canada for 2017 is estimated at 64.0 bushels per acre compared to 73.4 and 65.0 bushels per acre in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table 001-0017; September 19, 2017.

Figure 1. Distribution of barley classes as a percentage of total area seeded with barley in Western Canada in 2017

Graph:Distribution of barley classes.Details below
Data Source: Sask Crop Insurance, Alberta Ag Financial Services Corp, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, BC Crop Insurance
  • Details
    Distribution of barley classes as percentage of total area seeded to barley in three Western Canada provinces in 2017
    Province Malting Food General Purpose Not specified
    Manitoba 46.6 3.8 47.9 1.7
    Saskatchewan 76.5 0.4 9.3 13.8
    Alberta and British Columbia 49.5 1.7 48.4 0.4
    Western Canada 60.8 1.3 31.8 6.1
Table 2. Distribution of malting barley cultivars as percentage (%) of area seeded with malting barley in Western Canada in 2017
Cultivar Alberta and British Columbia (%) Saskatchewan (%) Manitoba (%) Western Canada (%)
CDC Copeland 25.69 22.38 0.69 48.76
AC Metcalfe 8.86 22.65 0.52 32.04
AAC Synergy 4.06 2.72 0.65 7.43
Newdale 0.96 0.84 0.47 2.27
Bentley 1.34 0.33 0.17 1.84
CDC Meredith 0.44 0.24 0.04 0.72
CDC Kindersley 0.31 0.13 0.05 0.49
CDC Polar Star 0.02 0.42 - 0.44
CDC Platinum Star - 0.38 - 0.38
CDC Bow 0.21 0.05 - 0.26
Harrington 0.09 0.05 - 0.14
AAC Connect 0.11 - 0.01 0.11
Cerveza 0.04 - - 0.04
CDC Clear - - 0.02 0.02
CDC Fraser 0.01 - - 0.01
CDC Aurora Nijo 0.01 - - 0.01
Lowe 0.01 - - 0.01
Other 0.17 0.03 0.01 0.21
Total 2-Rowed 42.32 50.23 2.61 95.16
Legacy 0.37 2.79 0.05 3.21
Celebration - 0.20 0.59 0.79
Tradition - 0.09 0.34 0.42
CDC Yorkton 0.07 0.06 0.01 0.13
CDC Anderson 0.08 - 0.01 0.09
Lacey 0.03 - 0.03 0.06
Stellar-ND 0.00 - 0.04 0.04
Robust 0.01 - 0.03 0.04
CDC Battleford 0.04 - - 0.04
Excel 0.01 - - 0.01
Total 6-Rowed 0.60 3.13 1.10 4.84
Total Malting 42.92 53.36 3.71 100.00
Table 3. Distribution of general purpose cultivars as percentage (%) of area seeded with general purpose barley in Western Canada in 2017
Cultivar Alberta and British Columbia (%) Saskatchewan (%) Manitoba (%) Western Canada (%)
CDC Austenson 26.71 6.71 3.17 36.58
Xena 12.33 0.40 - 12.74
Champion 9.48 1.78 0.43 11.69
Brahma 11.53 0.04 0.00 11.58
CDC Coalition 6.20 0.08 - 6.28
Conlon 0.71 0.26 3.21 4.19
CDC Cowboy 2.52 0.93 0.23 3.68
CDC Maverick 1.25 0.78 0.11 2.15
Gadsby 1.16 - - 1.16
CDC Thompson 0.96 - - 0.96
Seebe 0.93 - - 0.93
Ponoka 0.84 - - 0.84
Sundre 0.48 0.30 - 0.77
Chigwell 0.49 - - 0.49
Vivar 0.45 - - 0.45
Busby 0.44 - - 0.44
CDC Trey 0.44 - - 0.44
AC Ranger 0.24 0.16 0.03 0.42
Amisk 0.42 - - 0.42
Falcon 0.35 0.06 - 0.41
Stander 0.38 - - 0.38
AC Rosser 0.05 0.30 - 0.35
CDC Carter - 0.35 - 0.35
Trochu 0.28 - - 0.28
CDC Helsgason 0.28 - - 0.28
CDC Dolly 0.14 0.11 - 0.25
Claymore 0.20 - - 0.20
AC Albright 0.10 0.08 - 0.19
Bridge 0.11 - - 0.11
Otal 0.10 - - 0.10
Other 0.77 0.00 0.11 0.88
Total General Purpose 80.37 12.35 7.29 100.00

Saskatchewan data source: Sask Crop Insurance

Alberta data source: Alberta Ag Financial Services Corp.

Manitoba data source: Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation

British Columbia data source: BC Crop Insurance

Table 4. Protein content in barley cultivars received through the Harvest Sample Program (updated October 12, 2017)
Barley Class/ Cultivar Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta
No. of samplesFootnote2 Protein (% db)Footnote1 No. of samplesFootnote2 Protein (% db)Footnote1 No. of samplesFootnote2 Protein (% db)Footnote1
Mean Min Max Mean Min Max Mean Min Max
Malting, 2-Rowed
Bentley 3 11.2 11.1 11.4 - - - - 3 12.3 10.8 13.7
CDC Bow - - - - - - - - 1 11.9 - -
CDC Copeland 3 10.2 10.0 10.5 79 11.2 8.7 14.4 48 11.7 9.6 15.0
CDC Fraser - - - - - - - - 1 12.7 - -
AC Metcalfe 4 12.3 10.9 13.0 49 12.1 9.3 14.8 12 12.1 10.1 14.4
Newdale 7 11.7 11.4 12.3 1 13.1 - - 2 11.8 11.0 12.5
AC Oxbow - - - - - - - - 1 10.2 - -
PlatinumStar - - - - 2 12.8 12.6 12.9 - - - -
AAC Synergy 6 11.8 10.7 12.6 9 11.5 10.0 13.7 7 11.3 10.0 15.0
Malting, 6-Rowed
Celebration 5 12.3 11.2 13.2 2 11.6 10.8 12.4 - - - -
Legacy - - - - 7 12.1 11.4 13.4 - - - -
Tradition 1 13.1 - - - - - - - - - -
General Purpose
CDC Austenson 7 12.0 9.7 13.1 5 11.4 9.9 12.9 3 12.4 9.4 14.7
Brahma - - - - - - - - 4 12.8 10.1 15.0
Champion 1 9.8 - - 5 11.9 10.5 13.3 4 11.2 10.5 12.2
Conlon 5 12.7 11.7 13.4 - - - - 1 13.4 - -
Xena - - - - - - - 4 12.3 11.9 12.6
Table 5. Quality of barley selected for malting in 2017Footnote3
Variety and province TonnageFootnote4 Test Weight,
kg/hL
1000
Kernel Weight, g
Plump, %Footnote5 Protein
%Footnote6
Germination Energy,
4 mL
Germination Energy,
8 mL
RVA,
rvuFootnote7
CDC Copeland
Alberta 572,300 67.6 46.0 94.1 11.2 100 96 140
Saskatchewan 522,150 66.8 44.2 92.6 11.4 100 98 120
Manitoba 5,900 66.9 45.8 93.5 10.3 na na 130
AC Metcalfe
Alberta 314,600 69.0 43.4 93.3 11.6 98 94 140
Saskatchewan 519,200 69.1 44.2 93.4 11.6 98 95 120
Manitoba 21,400 68.5 44.0 92.7 11.1 99 92 130
AAC Synergy
Alberta 52,250 68.4 49.2 97.0 10.9 99 98 140
Saskatchewan 71,300 68.0 45.4 96.4 11.5 99 98 110
Manitoba 1,000 66.4 46.4 96.7 9.8 97 98 105
Bentley
Alberta 17,200 68.3 51.3 96.6 11.6 100 97 170
Saskatchewan 1,000 65.7 46.3 93.0 11.3 99 93 163
Manitoba - - - - - - - -
CDC Kindersley
Alberta 1,400 70.0 46.6 97.1 9.5 99 97 160
Saskatchewan 2,500 66.1 41.9 93.6 10.5 98 94 90
Manitoba - - - - - - - -
CDC Bow
Alberta 1,500 71.5 54.5 97.9 10.5 98 97 148
Saskatchewan 500 69.5 52.6 96.6 11.6 100 98 148
Manitoba - - - - - - - -
AAC Connect
Alberta 700 66.9 50.1 96.5 10.7 98 93 138
Saskatchewan 1,000 65.5 50.0 92.6 11.7 99 92 114
Manitoba - - - - - - - -
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