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Have seeded copeland for 5 years wondering if there is a better variety or if one the maltsters look for more
 

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Grew some synergy this year as well as Copeland and metcalf. Copeland and synergy yielded about the same but synergy was easier to combine. It all got accepted except one field of later Copeland that is chitted too much and is on hold.
 

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I grew Claymore feed type this yr. Big yielder, malt is so hard to get. Fertility is the big thing, we all want big yield but too much protein is the scare. There are other factors obviously also that determine malt.
I like the idea of Synergy, looks like it has good yield, almost like a feed type , and also has a lower protein that the other malt varieties.
If you don’t get malt at least you will have a good yielded to sell into the feed market.
 

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I grew synergy this year and copeland. The synergy is much better barley and a very good fit if you struggle to get malt, as it yields higher, so you have more bushels should if go feed. Problem with synergy is that everyone is growing it and there is way more being produced than there is demand, so the specs to get malt will be much tougher in a year where there are no weather problems at harvest. Copeland will make malt with lower specs than synergy as it has great demand from maltsters, but less growers every year.
 

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Had synergy..Went Malt..1% chitted..
10 cents a bushel less than Copeland..Stood Very Good..Hardly and heads broke off..
Yield was 108 after delivery..Growing more next yr...
 

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Was told by Canada Malt that they won't be offering any synergy Malt contracts next year as it doesn't make very good malt. Have heard some very good yields with it. But who knows, I was told the same thing about Meredith and I still grow and sell it for malt, according to crop insurance #s I think I account for 90% of the total production of Meredith.
 

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Had synergy..Went Malt..1% chitted..
10 cents a bushel less than Copeland..Stood Very Good..Hardly and heads broke off..
Yield was 108 after delivery..Growing more next yr...
Been awhile since been around pricing Malt. Does the price vary by variety now? Used to be grades of malt Special Select - Standard Select and Select that some farmers didn't even know there were grades and price variance, now it is all just one price but never heard of variety price spreads.
 

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I grew metcafe the last two years. In 2018 115 bushel in 2019. 90 bushels and 12% chit. 99% germ. My question is. will it be good for seed at 12% chits?
 

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Had analysis of Metcalfe from this year come back as 32% chitted and 96% germination. So don't know. I thought chitting meant it wouldn't germinate. Local elevator has Metcalfe priced highest, Synergy a penny/bu less and Copeland at 10 cents/bu under Metcalfe.
 

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I understand that, but from a seed perspective that would mean my germination would be around 70%. If germination is at 96% what does it matter what % is chitted when sticking it in the ground.
 

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I understand that, but from a seed perspective that would mean my germination would be around 70%. If germination is at 96% what does it matter what % is chitted when sticking it in the ground.
Yeah. Don’t know 🤷‍♂️ that’s why I asked would like to put in the ground.

Partners. Why are they not buying metcafe ?
 

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Basically chitting is an indication of pregermination. The more chitting the more seeds likely to not germinate over time. Doesn't mean it actually will, depends on storage conditions which I don't know know the variables of. So best a guy can do is know germination at seeding time, I doubt 100% of that 12% is going to fail to germinate. Maltsters don't want to risk loss of germination between purchase and use which chitting is indicating, but if it is stored on your farm already then it could be a perfectly fine seed stock. Time will tell.
 
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