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Production and Quality

Economic Impacts of Barley and Wheat in Idaho

The barley and wheat industries play an important role in Idaho's economy. Idaho farmers generated nearly $500 million in cash receipts from sales of wheat and barley in 2004, accounting for over 11% of all agricultural receipts in Idaho. Production of these grains creates jobs and income, not only in the production process, but also in transportation, storage, and input supply industries. Further positive economic impacts are generated by malt processing and flour milling that occur in the state.

Idaho Barley Production Overview

2016 Idaho Barley Crop
Harvested Acreage 560,000 acres 226,629 ha
Ave. Yield 107.0 bu/A 5.76 MT/ha
Production 62,060,000 bu 1.35 MMT
Planted acreage More than 80% of acreage was planted to a malting type.
2015 Idaho Barley Crop
Harvested Acreage 550,000 acres 222,582 ha
Ave. Yield 97.0 bu/A 5.22 MT/ha
Production 53,350,000 bu 1.16 MMT
Planted acreage More than 80% of acreage was planted to a malting type.
2014 Idaho Barley Crop
Harvested Acreage 515,000 acres 208,418 ha
Ave. Yield 95.0 bu/A 5.11 MT/ha
Production 48,925,000 bu 1.07 MMT
Planted acreage More than 80% of acreage was planted to a malting type.
2013 Idaho Barley Crop
Harvested Acreage 620,000 acres 250,905 ha
Ave. Yield 4.90 MT/ha
Production 57,040,000 bu
Planted acreage We expect 75% malting varieties
2012 Idaho Barley Crop
Harvested Acreage 590,000 acres 238,770 ha
Ave. Yield 91.0 bu/A 4.90 MT/ha
Production 53,690,000 bu 1.17 MMT
Planted acreage 77% malting varieties (75% -2-row; 2% -6-row)
23% feed varieties
Leading varieties Conrad (2-row malting) - 24% of total area
Metcalfe (2-row malting) – 14.0%
Merit 57 (2-row malting) - 13%
Moravian 69 (2-row malting) - 12%
Baronesse (2-row feed) - 7%
Harrington (2-row malting) - 4%
2011 Idaho Barley Crop
Harvested Acreage 500,000 acres 202,347 ha
Ave. Yield 93.0 bu/A 5.00 MT/ha
Production 46,500,000 bu 1 MMT
Planted acreage 76% malting varieties (71% -2-row; 5% -6-row)
24% feed varieties
Leading varieties Conrad (2-row malting) 22% of total area
Metcalfe (2-row malting) 17.0%
Moravian 69 (2-row malting) 11%
Merit 57 and Merit (2-row malting) 9%
Baronesse (2-row feed) 8%
Harrington (2-row malting) 4%
2010 Idaho Barley Crop
Planted Acreage 490,000 acres 198,300 ha
Harvested Acreage 470,000 acres 190,206 ha
Ave. Yield 92.0 bu/A 4.9 MT/ha
Production 43,240,000 bu .94 MMT
Planted acreage 74% malting varieties (68% -2-row; 6% -6-row)
26% feed varieties
Leading varieties Conrad (2-row malting) 20.5% of total acreage
Metcalfe (2-row malting) 17.0%
Moravian 69 (2-row malting) 10.9%
Baronesse (2-row feed) 9.8%
Merit (2-row malting) 6.6%
Harrington (2-row malting) 6.4%
2009 Idaho Barley Crop
Planted Acreage 530,000 acres 214,488 ha
Harvested Acreage 510,000 acres 206,394 ha
Ave. Yield 95.0 bu/A 5.1 MT/ha
Production 48,450,000 bu 1.05 MMT
Planted acreage 78% malting varieties (67% -2-row; 11% -6-row)
22% feed varieties
Leading varieties Conrad (2-row malting) 18.2% of total acreage
Metcalfe (2-row malting) 16.0%
Moravian 69 (2-row malting) 11.8%
Harrington (2-row malting) 8.6%
Merit (2-row malting) 8.4%
Legacy (6-row malting) 7.5%
Baronesse (2-row feed) 6.8%
2008 Idaho Barley Crop
Planted Acreage 600,000 acres 242,817 ha
Harvested Acreage 580,000 acres 234,723 ha
Ave. Yield 86.0 bu/A 4.6 MT/ha
Production 49,880,000 bu 1.09 MMT
Planted acreage 76% malting varieties (64% -2-row; 12% -6-row)
24% feed varieties
Leading varieties Metcalfe (2-row malting) 17.8% of total acreage
Harrington (2-row malting) 17.2%
Conrad (2-row malting) 11.6%
Baronesse (2-row feed) 9.5%
Legacy (6-row malting) - 8.9%
Moravian 69 (2-row malting) 8.7%
Merit (2-row malting) 7.1%
2007 Idaho Barley Crop
Planted Acreage 570,000 acres 230,676 ha
Harvested Acreage 550,000 acres 222,582 ha
Ave. Yield 80.0 bu/A 4.30 MT/ha
Production 44,000,000 bu .96 MMT
Planted acreage 69% malting varieties (60% -2-row; 9% -6-row)
31% feed varieties
Leading varieties Harrington (2-row malting) 18.4% of acreage
Metcalfe (2-row malting) 15.9%
Baronesse (2-row feed) 12.1%
Merit (2-row malting) 9.7%
Conrad (2-row malting) 8.0%
Moravian 69 (2-row malting) 7.5%