The American Malting Barley Association has released its list of recommended malting barley varieties for U.S. growers.
The American Malting Barley Association is a nonprofit trade association of 76 brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of U.S. malting barley.
The list is meant to inform U.S. producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the upcoming year. Some varieties will be used in large quantities and others are only utilized is niche markets, so producers are encouraged to contact their local elevator, grain handler or processor to gauge market demand for any variety grown in their region prior to seeding.
There are several changes from the 2018 list. The two-row varieties Harrington and Propino are being dropped from the list and four two-row varieties are being added. These additions include
- ABI Growler, a two-rowed, mid- season, spring barley developed by Busch Agricultural Resources, Ft. Collins, Colorado.
- Bill Coors 100 is a two-rowed spring variety bred by Molson Coors in Burley, ID. It was released in 2016 in celebration of Mr. Bill Coors 100th birthday.
- Moravian 165 is a two-rowed, spring variety bred by Molson Coors in Burley, ID.
- Thunder is a two-rowed, winter variety released by Oregon State University that has performed very well in the Pacific Northwest.
With these changes from last year, the list of recommended malting barley varieties for 2019 is as follows:
- AAC Synergy
- ABI Growler
- ABI Voyager
- AC Metcalfe
- Bill Coors 100
- CDC Copeland
- LCS Genie
- Merit 57
- Moravian 37
- Moravian 69
- Moravian 165
- ND Genesis
Source: American Malting Barley Association