21.08.14 - The Russia-Ukraine conflict is showing up in the financial reports of more European companies. Danish beer maker Carlsberg said on Wednesday that revenue in its Eastern Europe operating segment fell 20% in the second quarter as total volumes decreased 12%. [more]
08.08.14 - This year’s German spring barley harvest began in mid-July, right after the malting barley inspection tours. The Braugersten-Gemeinschaft’-
s initial 2014 German crop forecast was based on assessments compiled at the time of these tours, as well as on early actual crop samples that were gathered and at peak crop development during an earlier prolonged dry spell.
Overview in tabular form
Since then, however, a period of showers, downpours, rainstorms, and even hail, has caused significant delays in harvesting activity in most regions and has turned these early projections into just one of many sets of data that need to be considered when making an Overall assessment of this year’s German harvest results. This is especially true for an assessment of the quality of this year’s crop. In fields that were harvest-ready before the onset of bad weather, but then could not be harvested until the rains had cleared, some crops showed hidden signs of vernalization.
Some 347,000 hectares (ha) were planted with spring barley, in Germany, in 2014. Of these, some 270,000 ha had been intended for malting-quality barley. In early-harvest areas, the yield was, indeed, quite good and is currently pegged at roughly 5.2 metric tons (MT) per ha. Extrapolated for the entire harvest in all of Germany, this early value translates, at least hypothetically, into an overall spring barley yield for all uses of roughly 1.8 million MT. [more]
10.06.14 - Herewith the most recent summary of the current state of the German spring barley crop compiled by The Braugersten-Gemeinschaft e.V. The summary is based on a survey of regional German malting barley associations. The results are listed in tabular form in the attachment to this circular. [more]