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Crop Report No. 1 German 2015 Spring Barley

08.04.15 -

Malting Barley Harvest Forecast for Germany, 2014

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.

Crop Report #2: German 2014 Spring Barley

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.

Crop Report #1: German 2014 Spring Barley

27.03.14 - Attached to this crop report is a spreadsheet with an early overview of German spring barley plantings. All data in the overview are based on a survey conducted by the Braugersten- Gemeinschaft e.V. (the Association of German Brewing Barley Growers) among malting barley organizations within the individual German states. The acreages listed represent the best currently available estimates. They are aggregated by experts, who are familiar with local surveys, as well as with the demand structure for seed grains.

Malting Barley 2010 And What's Next?

During the past weeks and days one could read in a number of publications by agricultural ministries and other associations representing our cultural economy, that although the output of malting barley crop in 2010 compared to the previous year was lower, the situation as a whole was hardly considered alarming. The malthouses represented in the Deutscher Mälzerbund, the association of German malsters, however, evaluate the present situation differently, because the actual figures are considered rather alarming.

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