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Nov 11

Seasonal labour: a constant struggle

Posted on Nov 11 By: Tyler Difley

For farmers, when it comes to finding employees who can meet their unique labour needs, the problem is often in the timing. In peak periods like seeding and harvest, farmers often find they are stuck with more work than they can handle. This can be remedied to a certain extent by help from family members

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Nov 5

Cutting-edge research in southern Alberta

Posted on Nov 5 By: Caitlin Crawshaw
The Lethbridge Research Centre is a strategic hub for barley development. The scientists and researchers who work in the facility conduct experiments and manage test plots—all designed to further varietal development and research, as well as raise yields. Credit: Brian Freeze

Barley research in Alberta involves an extensive network of scientists, government facilities, universities, industry partners and funding agencies. The Lethbridge Research Centre (LRC), a federal facility in southern Alberta, is a key player in this network. The LRC is one of 19 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research centres established more than a century ago,

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Nov 3

Hulless barley: something for everyone

Posted on Nov 3 By: Geoff Geddes
[img_blog_caption image='' caption=': From food to malt to feed, hulless barley has a wide array of end-uses. ' credit="Dr. Joseph Nyachiro"]

[img_blog_caption image=’’ caption=’: From food to malt to feed, hulless barley has a wide array of end-uses. ‘ credit=”Dr. Joseph Nyachiro”]The versatility and health benefits of barley are well known, but awareness of one type in particular is on the rise. Hulless barley has enjoyed the limelight recently. It has a tough, inedible outer hull that

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Nov 2

ABC announces two new directors

Posted on Nov 2 By: admin

Election called for director-at-large position (Calgary, AB) Nov. 2, 2012 – Alberta Barley (ABC) has announced two new board members after the close of its director and director-at-large nominations period on Wed., Oct. 31, 2012. Bryan Adam of Stony Plain and Gerald Finster of Valleyview were acclaimed as directors for regions five and six respectively.

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Oct 20

Severe weather impacts harvests

Posted on Oct 20 By: Caitlan R. Carver

Growing grain in Alberta had its peaks and valleys this season. In a year full of changes for the grain industry, farmers were hit periodically with unexpected hail, tornado warnings and severe winds—blowing away millions of dollars worth of yields. “Total hail claims have exceeded 10,000 claims, which will be a record,” said James Wright,

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Oct 10

Malt industry funding great news for farmers

Posted on Oct 10 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) October 10, 2012 – Alberta Barley (ABC) is pleased to learn that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has given $525,000 to three Canadian malting agencies to broaden new market opportunities. The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), the Malting Industry Association of Canada (MIAC) and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI)

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Sep 24

Wheat and barley check-off website launched

Posted on Sep 24 By: admin

Alberta Barley gives farmers and buyers another tool to help understand the check-off program (Calgary, AB), September 24, 2012 – Alberta Barley (ABC) recently launched a new website to help Western Canadian grain farmers and buyers better understand the new collection system for the wheat and barley check-off. The website, provides information about the check-off,

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Aug 24

Detect wireworms before it’s too late

Posted on Aug 24 By: Tyler Difley
Wireworms have been increasing in numbers across Alberta in the last few years. If farmers can catch the worms early, they can still ensure a successful crop.  Credit: Trevor Bacque

Underground, and often undetected, wireworms—the larval stage of the click beetle—can wreak havoc on cereal crops like barley. Wireworms on the rise Scott Meers, an insect management specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD), said there has been an increase in wireworm issues in Alberta, but it has not yet raised serious concerns. “The

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Aug 19

Mastering the science of beer

Posted on Aug 19 By: Tamara Leigh
Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, left, Olds College president and Dr. Steve Hudson, right, acting president of Niagara College toast to the new brewing program.  Credit: Noel West/Olds College

Western Canada’s only brewmaster program and teaching brewery is coming to the heart of barley country. In April, Olds College announced that they are partnering with Niagara College to expand their two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program to make it truly national in scope. “When we created our Canadian Food and Wine Institute, our

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Aug 13

Not your average barley pop

Posted on Aug 13 By: Tamara Leigh
Beer on the production line at Alley Kat Brewery, Edmonton’s longest running microbrewery and the fourth oldest brewery in Alberta.  Credit: Alley Kat Brewing Company

There are many uses for barley, but none is as popular as brewing beer. Brewers across the country are quick to tip their hats to barley growers on the Canadian Prairies, known for producing some of the highest quality two-row malt barley in the world. Labatt, Molson and Sleeman continue to dominate the Canadian beer

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