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American Malting Barley Association updates list of recommended varieties for 2018

Milwaukee - The American Malting Barley Association has updated its list of recommended malting barley varieties for the 2018 crop year.  AMBA is a nonprofit trade association of brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of malting barley.  The list is meant to inform US producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the upcoming year.  Not all varieties are used in large quantities and it is important that producers contact their local elevator, grain handler or processor to determine the market demand for a variety prior to seeding. 

Two varieties from the 2017 list have been dropped and three varieties have been added for 2018.  CDC Meredith and Stellar-ND are no longer recommended varieties.  Additions include the three spring, two-row varieties Explorer, Newdale, and Propino.  Explorer was developed by the French company, Secobra Recherches and has been grown in Europe, Asia and South America.  It has been grown successfully in the west and upper Midwest US.  Dr. William Legg, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, bred Newdale which received full registration for Canada in 2001.  In the US, Newdale is primarily being grown in Maine.  Propino was developed by Syngenta and has been recommended for brewing in the United Kingdom since 2010.  It has performed well in the western US.

The full list of recommended malting barley varieties for 2018 is as follows:


AAC Synergy             Conrad                        LCS Genie                  Newdale                     

ABI Voyager              Endeavor*                   Merit 57                      Pinnacle

AC Metcalfe               Expedition                  Moravian 37               Propino

CDC Copeland            Explorer                      Moravian 69               Scarlett

Charles*                      Harrington                  ND Genesis                 Wintmalt*

Conlon                        Hockett                      


Celebration                 Lacey                          Quest                           Tradition

Innovation                   Legacy                        Thoroughbred*