Barley Quality

2021 Barley Crop

48.6% Graded U.S. No. 1

According to the results of the 2021 Washington Barley Quality Survey, 48.6% of the Washington barley crop graded U.S. No.1 and 72.1% of this year’s crop graded U.S. No. 2 or better. The average test weight was 46.3 pounds per bushel and thin barley was 5.1%. The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Program compiled the 2021 Barley Quality Survey. The information was gathered from 296 submitted sample inspections performed in the Spokane, Colfax, and Pasco Grain Inspection Offices from July through September.
Barley Crop

2021 Washington Barley Statewide Grade Totals

Grade Percent of Total
U.S. No. 1 48.57%
U.S. No. 2 23.57%
U.S. No. 3 14.64%
U.S. No. 4 9.64%
U.S. No. 5 2.50%
Sample Grade 1.07%

Washington Barley Statewide Averages for Grading Factors 2017-2021

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

Crop Year Test Weight Moisture Damage Thin
2021 46.3 10.1 0 5.1
2020 52.9 9 0 1.8
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
5 Year Average 50.2 9.9 0.0 2.6
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