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Barley Production & Quality

Washington Barley Production Increases 8% in 2018

Washington planted 85,000 acres of barley in 2018, down 18,000 acres from 2017. Harvested area, at 67,000 acres, is down 18,000 acres from 2017. Barley production in Washington is 4.891 million bushels, up 8 percent from last year with yield estimated at 78.0 bushels per acre, up 20.0 bushels per acre from 2017.

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
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 $ 2.89 $ 20,695,000
2017 85,000 53 4,505,000 $ 3.09 $ 13,920,000
2018 67,000 73 4,891,000 N/A N/A

 

2018 Barley Crop – 82.43% Graded U.S. No. 1

According to the results of the 2018 Washington Barley Quality Survey, 82.43% of the Washington barley crop graded U.S. No.1 and 94.98% of this year’s crop graded U.S. No. 2 or better. The average test weight was 50.4 and thin barley was 2.1%. The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Program compiled the 2018 Barley Quality Survey. The information was gathered from 339 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 82.43%
U.S. No. 2 12.55%
U.S. No. 3 3.35%
U.S. No. 4 1.26%
U.S. No. 5 0.42%
Sample Grade 0.00%

 

Washington Barley Statewide Averages for Grading Factors 2014-2017

Crop Year Test Weight Moisture Damage Thin
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
2014 48.2 10 0 5.8
5 year average 49.7 9.5 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.