A tough growing year in North Dakota has created a shortage of barley seed for 2012, which has many farmers scrambling to find seed before the season has even begun, according to the North Dakota State Seed Department.

Steve Sebesta, deputy seed commissioner at the North Dakota State Seed Department, told the Minnesota Farm Guide, “If you are planning on including barley in your 2012 crop rotation, you’d better be lining up your seed supply soon.”

According to numbers the Minnesota Farm Guide found, just slightly more than 10,000 acres of certified seed was grown in 2011. This represents a significant decrease from the five-year average of 42,000 acres per year, according to the article.

“Inventories are so tight, this problem isn’t going to be solved in the matter of a few months,” Sebesta said in the article. “If we can find enough seed for the malting industry near term, that’s going to help out. But we also need to be looking at a year from now, when people are looking for 2013 planting.”

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Click here for a list of 2012 barley seed available.