North Dakota has regained its number one ranking in barley acreage for 2012, planting 1,140,000 acres, a 185 percent increase over 2011. Montana had been the leader in barley acreage for 2010 and 2011.

Montana had approximately 700,000 acres of barley in 2011 and had about 900,000 acres in 2012. This compares to North Dakota’s jump from 400,000 acres to the 1,140,000 acres. The U.S. Grains Council provided the data based on the USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service. Montana’s barley acreage remained much more consistent in 2010 and 2011 when North Dakota acreage dipped dramatically, much of it related to weather from all indications. 

The table included here provides a history of barley acreage for member states of the National Barley Growers Association—again based on USDA-NASS numbers.

“While barley harvest is still in its early stages, farmers are generally optimistic about their crop. Early yield indications for U.S. barley are in the 50 to 65 bushel per acre range, despite high temperatures later in the season that impacted yields,” reports the Grains Council.

Barley acreage up in North DakotaAccording to U.S. Grains Council member North Dakota Barley Council, “barley crop quality for malting purposes is anticipated to be acceptable. Early results have shown test weights in the 44 to 48 pound per bushel range, with proteins ranging from 12 to 14 percent. These results are preliminary, however, as harvest has not yet reached 50 percent completion.” The report was issued on Friday, July 27.