Beer crops hit hard by drought

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Some bad news for the beer Crop, drought conditions in the West are hitting the grains used to make beer extremely hard. Those Northwestern crops, including barley are getting scorched this year, along with spring wheat and Durum wheat which is used in making pasta.

Take a look at these graphs, first for barley conditions, the red line there shows this year’s crop. You can see it’s the worst year so far based on records going back to 2001 with 80-percent of the acres in drought. The latest crop progress report showing 39-percent of the crop is rated poor to very poor.

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