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Barley Production & Quality

Washington Barley Production Increases 8% in 2019

Washington planted 95,000 acres of barley in 2019, up 10,000 acres from 2018. Harvested area, at 85,000 acres, is up 10,000 acres from 2018. Barley production in Washington is 5.95 million bushels, up 22 percent from last year with yield estimated at 70.0 bushels per acre, down 3.0 bushels per acre from 2018.

Washington Barley Acreage, Yield, Production, Price and Value 2008-2018

Year Harvested
Acres
Yield
Bushels/Acre
Production in
Bushels
Marketing Yr Avg
Price/Bushel
Value of
Production
2010 81,000 72 5,832,000 $ 3.66 $ 21,286,000
2011 115,000 74 8,510,000 $ 4.85 $ 41,274,000
2012 175,000 72 12,600,000 $ 5.53 $ 69,678,000
2013 195,000 72 14,040,000 $ 4.12 $ 57,845,000
2014 105,000 60 6,300,000 $ 3.54 $ 22,302,000
2015 105,000 48 5,040,000 $ 3.31 $ 16,682,000
2016 93,000 77 7,161,000 $ 2.89 $ 20,695,000
2017 85,000 53 4,505,000 $ 3.09 $ 13,920,000
2018 67,000 73 4,891,000 $ 4.40 $ 19,564,000
2019 85,000 70 5,950,000 N/A N/A

 

2019 Barley Crop – 94.34% Graded U.S. No. 1

According to the results of the 2019 Washington Barley Quality Survey, 94.34% of the Washington barley crop graded U.S. No.1 and 98.81% of this year’s crop graded U.S. No. 2 or better. The average test weight was 50.8 and thin barley was 1.8%. The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Program compiled the 2019 Barley Quality Survey. The information was gathered from 265 submitted sample inspections performed in the Spokane, Colfax, and Pasco Grain Inspection Offices from July through September.
 

2019 Washington Barley Statewide Grade Totals

Grade Percent of Total
U.S. No. 1 94.34%
U.S. No. 2 4.53%
U.S. No. 3 0.75%
U.S. No. 4 0.38%
U.S. No. 5 0.00%
Sample Grade 0.00%

 

Washington Barley Statewide Averages for Grading Factors 2015-2019

Crop Year Test Weight Moisture Damage Thin
2019 50.8 10.9 0 1.8
2018 50.4 9.7 0.2 2.1
2017 50.8 9.7 0 2.2
2016 52.5 9.3 0 1.2
2015 46.4 9 0 6.8
5 year average 50.2 9.7 0.0 2.8

The survey showed no differentiation in quality results from two-rowed versus six-rowed barley. Malting grades and/or factor averages are not tracked or compiled separately, but are represented in the averages and totals shown.