U.S. producers harvested 2.2 million acres of barley in 2011 with an average yield of 69.6 bushels/acre. Total production was 155.8 million bushels, which was the smallest annual production level since 1936 and approximately one-half of the 2000 production level. Much of this decline can be attributed to increases in corn production in northern climates that have historically produced barley. The advent of shorter-season corn varieties, coupled with record corn prices, has caused production substitutions away from barley towards corn.
Barley prices in 2011 averaged $4.58/bushel, which resulted in a crop value of $745.1 million. Between 1990 and 2011, the simple correlation coefficient between monthly corn and barley prices was 0.90. April 2012 ... Barley
- Barley, U.S. Grains Council - A private, nonprofit corporation that develops export markets for barley as well as for sorghum and corn.
- Barley, Crop Production Annual Summary, National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), USDA, 2011.
- Barley, Statistics by Subject, NASS, USDA.
- Barley, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia - This organization has developed a new variety of barley that has one of the highest levels of dietary fiber of any whole grain.
- Crop Values Annual Summary, NASS, USDA, 2011.
- Grain: World Markets and Trade, Foreign Ag Service (FAS), USDA.
- National Grain Reports, Ag Marketing Service, USDA - National report on weekly markets.
- Idaho Barley Commission
- National Barley Foods Council
- Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), FAS, USDA, 2010.
- Vertical Coordination in the Malting Barley Industry: A ‘Silver Bullet’ For Coors?, Ag Marketing Resource Center, Kansas State University, 2004 - Looks at the traditional production contracts held by Coors for its barley production and the future of the brewing industry.
Links checked May 2011.