Since 1984, Jim Anderson has been involved in the R&D program in what is now Nutrien Ag Solutions. Since that time, the program Jim has been working in has had 34 barley varieties supported for registration. The most successful varieties include: B1602 (malt), Winchester and Stetson (6-row, semi-dwarf, feed), Westford and Dillon (hooded, forage), Xena, […]
Season 2 of the Barley Bin podcast.
We chat with Chuck Penner from Left Field Commodity Research about the current barley market and some signals for what might happen in the coming months. Strong demand for barley over the past year combined with the 2021 drought are influencing barley prices and feed buyers are starting to seek alternatives. We discuss these factors […]
We chat with Jason Skotheim, who is in his final year of his second 4-year term as a SaskBarley director. Jason is the current vice-chair, following six years as chair. Jason operates a farm north of Prince Albert with his brother and is one of the founders of Horizon Manufacturing. Jason has focused on facilitating […]
Season 2, Episode 2: Stacking the 2021 Drought Against Historical Droughts – with Dr. Phillip Harder
We connected with Dr. Phillip Harder, hydrologist from Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan about his twitter thread from this summer, charting precipitation and growing degree days for 2021 over the past several decades. We talk about how 2021 has compared to past droughts, the impact of heat compared with water deficit and what the […]
Season 2, Episode 1: Beyond Beer: Exploring Barley in Food, Culture and History – with Keith Armstrong
In our first episode of season 2, we talk with Keith Armstrong, Head Brewer, Great Western Brewing about new barley varieties. Keith is head brewer at Great Western Brewing, and is enthusiastic about consuming barley. Barley is a high quality, nutritious grain, with a heart healthy label from Health Canada, but has been set aside […]