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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:49 am

Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change And Beer

January 11, 20188:00 AM ET
JACKSON MITCHELL


A head of poor-quality malt barley taken directly from a field in Power, Mont. Heat and a lack of water resulted in small and light kernels. Grain rejected for malt barley often ends up as animal feed.
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A bumper sticker spotted in Montana reads, "No barley, no beer." It's a reminder that Montana's barley farmers are struggling. Barley is an unforgiving crop that needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate and unpredictable seasons, that's exactly what's happening.

Food and climate reporter Ari LeVaux (@AriLeVaux) joins Here & Now's Robin Young to talk about his recent article on the issue, reported in collaboration with The Weather Channel and the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

Interview Highlights
On visiting Montana barley fields during a flash drought

"In this case, [the fields] were dried up about two months early. That particular field had a dry-farmed crop of barley. We had to make a distinction in Montana between irrigated barley, in which the grower can turn the water on when necessary, and dry-farmed, in which the crop is planted and then hopefully harvested at the end of the season, but not much is done in between. So that dead field was a dry-farmed field that dried up in the flash drought of 2017. May and June were nice and wet, and all of a sudden the water stopped and the heat set in, and just did not relent, and by the time I made it out there, this was about three weeks into the flash drought and the barley was starting to die."

On spending time with barley farmer Brad Schaefer

"I was actually sitting in the bar in the heat of the afternoon, it was way too hot to be outside, and smoky, so all the barley farmers were in Les' Bar in downtown Power, [Montana], population 171, and Brad Schaefer walked in looking a little shell-shocked. He had just taken some of his crop to the local grain elevator to have it evaluated, and they told him, 'Really not looking too good. It's mostly thins and mids' — mids and thins being the two smaller ends of the barley spectrum. Plump is what you want, and there were not any plumps. The only value in his crop was as feed, less than half the value of barley for the malt market."

On how the farmers talk — and don't talk — about climate change

"It's still a taboo subject in red-state America. Nobody wants to use it, even though they see it happening all around them. So they come up with different ways of talking about what's happening around them, like, 'The weather sure is different,' or 'unseasonable,' or 'Mother Nature is really effing with us.' Maybe you could say, 'Well, the climate's kinda changing a little bit.' But you couldn't say 'climate change.' "

On farmers discussing climate change in private

"Especially the younger farmers. As for why they don't actually talk about it with each other, it's an interesting question."


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Post by Gord » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:31 pm

This is why oat ale is so important.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:36 pm

Gord wrote:This is why oat ale is so important.

{!#%@} ale.
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Post by OlegTheBatty » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:43 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Gord wrote:This is why oat ale is so important.

{!#%@} ale.


Mind you, for {!#%@} purposes, I've heard that pizzas are better.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:16 am

OlegTheBatty wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Gord wrote:This is why oat ale is so important.

{!#%@} ale.


Mind you, for {!#%@} purposes, I've heard that pizzas are better.

Ask any Norwegian.
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Post by Gord » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:01 am

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
OlegTheBatty wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Gord wrote:This is why oat ale is so important.

{!#%@} ale.

Mind you, for {!#%@} purposes, I've heard that pizzas are better.

Ask any Norwegian.

I prefer ale, it's cheaper.
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