Barley growers have access to a number of barley varieties. Identifying the variety that is best suited to a region and will give the greatest return requires consideration of a number of factors including relative yield, disease resistance, marketing options, the probability of achieving particular quality grades and the relative End Point Royalty (EPR) charged on varieties.
The decision to grow either a malting or feed variety may depend on one or more factors, including; the difference in payments between malting and feed grades related to yield differences, the probability of producing a malting grade barley, availability of malting storage segregations in storage facilities and disease resistance and agronomic considerations. For long term stability in farm returns and market supply and demand, farmers now growing only feed varieties should consider including some malting varieties in their cropping. However, it is important that growers contact grain marketers to discuss market demand prior to sowing a malting variety. Malting barley is grown, stored and sold on a variety specific basis and it is important to ascertain if the variety chosen is able to be stored and marketed in your area.
See the Victorian Winter Crop Summary for an up to date guide to oat varieties and last season's yield results.