Barley and Wheat Summary

The days are getting shorter and cooler and the snow is on the ground, and the combines are starting to gather dust after a successful harvest. At this time of the year, it is nice to look back on a job well done.

Summer 2017 – although a pleasant, warm and ‘smoky’ summer it was not without its challenges. Talking to customers on the road throughout the summer, the heat was beginning to worry some producers. Some areas received less than 1 inch of rain from June to August. This had a profound effect on grain quality and yield.

Here at Nutrition Partners we have our own in house Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) machine. As we test the grains in house this means that the turn around for the results is very quick.

The figures below summarize the results for the 2016 and 2017 crop years in Alberta and Manitoba. These graphs consist of over 300 samples of barley and wheat that were tested over the past two years. This summer we have received over 100 samples of both barley and wheat to date.

The wheat and barley crude protein is higher than last year, as is the starch. This will result in more energy in your grains, so be especially mindful when feeding sows. In fact, some of the barley we tested in southern Alberta was as high as 17% crude protein, whilst in Manitoba barley crude protein was as high as 16%.

Vomitoxin Levels

We are seeing lower vomitoxin levels compared to last year. In Alberta, in 2016, about 3% of the wheat and barley we tested contained vomitoxin (> 0.25 ppm), whereas in 2017 no grain samples have tested positive for vomitoxin to date. This would make sense due to less rainfall this past year. Similarly, in Manitoba in 2016, 31 % of the wheat and barley samples tested positive for vomitoxin (> 0.25 ppm), and this year 28% of these grains have tested positive to date.

In summary, barley and wheat is of higher quality this year compared to last year. However, yields per acre are down which has increased barley and wheat prices.

It is important to know the actual quality of the grain you have on your farm, as differences from farm to farm, and load to load can be huge and will have a big impact on the final rations and performance. We have seen variation of crude protein in barley from 8.5 – 16.7% and 10.5 – 19.4% in wheat.

Getting good samples of your grains and getting them analyzed is crucial for correct formulation and predictable/cost effective performance. You don’t want to overestimate nutrients or under estimate nutrients, because both will have an impact on performance and economics.

Furthermore, it is important to value the high protein grains correctly. 20% higher crude protein, doesn’t mean 20% more amino acids. You need to use the correct specs for the high protein grains.

If you have any questions in relation to grain testing and mycotoxins please feel free to contact us.

NEW Poultry Program – Manitoba

Nutrition Partners Inc. (NPI) Headingley office held its grand opening in September 2017.  In addition to collaborating with the current Nutrition Partners swine team to extend the range of services and products presently available to swine producers in the province, we are also focused on delivering a comprehensive poultry nutrition and production consulting program to broiler, layer and turkey producers in Manitoba.  Our HACCP-certified premix manufacturing facility located in Airdrie, Alberta has the capability of producing low inclusion micro/macro premixes, as well as larger inclusion premixes and supplements for both swine and poultry.  Nutrition Partners utilizes a toll manufacturing facility in south-west Manitoba to produce quality swine and poultry complete feeds, supplements and premixes.  Through the toll manufacturer, we have the flexibility to accommodate varying feed medication programs, if required, and the ability to offer specific ingredients needed for individual customer feed products.

Nutrition Partners head office, located in Airdrie, offers in-house laboratory services to our customers.  These services encompass mycotoxin testing, ergot count, and NIR analysis of feed ingredients and complete feeds.

The mycotoxin testing available includes vomitoxin, zearalenone, aflatoxin and fumonisin in wheat, barley, corn, ddgs, fababeans, peas and complete feeds.  The NIR tests samples for moisture, protein, fat, crude fibre, ash, ADF, NDF, and starch.   NIR analysis can be completed on a variety of common feed ingredients (small grains, corn, pulses, canola meal and soybean meal) as well as on swine and poultry complete feeds.

The ability to analyze customer on-farm ingredients and rations combined with our own premix-manufacturing facility enables NPI to focus its nutrition and farm consultation services at the individual customer level.

Nutrition Partners core philosophy lies in its innovative approach to nutrition coupled with the desire to work in partnership with the customer.  This synergistic relationship allows us to exchange knowledge with the customer to deliver unmatched customer service and exceptional animal performance.

For further information please contact our Headingley MB office at 1-204-888-3028.

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