Quality of barley selected for malting in 2014

Growing and harvesting conditions

Seeding

Seeding was delayed across the prairies due to cooler than normal temperatures in the early spring. Late season snowfall and above average amounts of rain during May and June further slowed seeding progress (Figure 1.1). Heavy rainfall in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba contributed to reductions in total seeded acres. Overall planting progress was two to three weeks behind normal.

Growing season

Wet conditions continued into June with western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan receiving higher
than average amounts of rainfall causing flooding and additional loss of acres which were previously
planted. Hotter and drier weather prevailed for July and August across most growing regions which helped crops develop and also contributed to higher protein levels.

Harvest

Harvest proceeded slowly due to delayed maturity and continued high levels of precipitation in central and southern growing areas during late August and early September (Figure 1.2). Western Alberta received frost and snow in early September, which further delayed harvest and resulted in reductions in quality. Harvest progress was aided by drier conditions through the end of September, with the majority of the crop in the bin by late October.

Percent of average precipitation received from May 2 to June 30, 2014

Map - Temperature difference from normal in Prairies, May-June 2014. Described below.

Map compiled using the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Map Archive.


Map representing the Prairie Provinces showing greater than average rainfall in Saskatchewan and Manitoba during May and June 2014.

Percent of average precipitation received from August 24 to September 22, 2014

Map - Monthly average precipitation in Prairies, September 2014. Described below.

Map compiled using the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Map Archive.


Map representing the Prairie Provinces showing wetter than normal conditions across the southern growing regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba whereas dryer conditions in northern regions during the month of September 2014.