Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary service, Rosselkhoznadzor, are assessing the quality of this year’s grain crop.
The reason, they say, is because many experts have called into question the quality of this year’s harvest without having any reliable data (me included) and, presumably, they want to straighten the records with some reliable data.
The Centre for Grain Quality Assessment is working on determining the quality of the new grain crop in 40 major grain-producing regions of Russia.
Today they released some information on barley quality with, I assume, wheat to follow on later.
I’ll be honest here and say that it’s a bit tricky to penetrate and translate the data but this is what I think they are saying.
Barley is divided into two classes: 1st class for human consumption and 2nd class for feed and alcohol production (that will be industrial alcohol and not malting).
This year 2.5mmt of barley has been assessed or 38% of the gross yield from the sampling region resulting in 1st class 4%; 2nd class 96%.
Last year the survey assessed 47% of the gross yield from the sampling region resulting in 1st class 14%; 2nd class 86%.
The Centre for Grain Quality Assessment say “today we are witnessing a shift in the balance of classes for barley from 1 toward 2 compared with previous years” but warns us that that such a transfer “should not be a cause for excitement as the information will still be supplemented and refined”.
Don't know about you but a shift from 14% to 4% is pretty exciting to me, can't wait for the wheat results (I probably should get out more).