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Idaho barley sustains ‘catastrophic’ losses

Aug. 19, 2014 - Sprout damage caused by monsoonal early August weather has forced Idaho barley growers to divert huge quantities of malt barley to feeder channels, driving down already low feed barley prices.

Tim Pella, an Idaho Barley Commissioner and program manager over Idaho barley operations for Busch Agricultural Resources, said his company's contracts allow up to 1 percent sprout damage, and he's seen loads with up to 50 percent sprouting.

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