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Barley Production & Quality

Washington Barley Production Decreases 37% in 2017

Washington planted 95,000 acres of barley in 2017, down 15,000 acres from 2016. Harvested area, at 85,000 acres, is down 8,000 acres from 2016. Barley production in Washington is 4.505 million bushels, down 37 percent from last year with yield estimated at 53.0 bushels per acre, down 23.0 bushels per acre from 2016.

Washington Barley Acreage, Yield, Production, Price and Value 2007-2016

Year Harvested
Acres
Yield
Bushels/Acre
Production in
Bushels
Marketing Yr Avg
Price/Bushel
Value of
Production
2008 195,000 57 11,150,000 $ 3.49 $ 38,913,000
2009 97,000 64 6,208,000 $ 2.90 $ 16,140,000
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 $ 2.90 $ 20,767,000
2017 85,000 53 4,505,000 N/A N/A

 

2017 Barley Crop – 83.66% Graded U.S. No. 1

According to the results of the 2017 Washington Barley Quality Survey, 83.66% of the Washington barley crop graded U.S. No.1 and 93.35% of this year’s crop graded U.S. No. 2 or better. The average test weight was 50.8 and thin barley was 2.2%. The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Program compiled the 2017 Barley Quality Survey. The information was gathered from 361 submitted sample inspections performed in the Spokane, Colfax, and Pasco Grain Inspection Offices from July through September.

2017 Washington Barley Statewide Grade Totals

Grade Percent of Total
U.S. No. 1 83.66%
U.S. No. 2 9.70%
U.S. No. 3 4.43%
U.S. No. 4 2.22%
U.S. No. 5 0.00%
Sample Grade 0.00%

 

Washington Barley Statewide Averages for Grading Factors 2013-2017

Crop Year Test Weight Moisture Damage Thin
2017 50.8 9.7 0 2.2
2016 52.5 9.3 0 1.2
2015 46.4 9 0 6.8
2014 48.2 10 0 5.8
2013 50.9 10.2 0 1.6
5 year average 50.0 9.7 0.0 3.6

 

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.