In 2019, 1.275 million hectares (3.15 million acres) of barley was planted in Saskatchewan! This worked out to be about 41% of the barley grown in Canada.
About 70-80% of barley grown in Saskatchewan is used for livestock feed. The rest is referred to as ‘malt barley,’ which is barley sold to make beer and high-quality food products for humans to eat. Overall, Canada is the fourth largest barley producer and the second-largest malt exporter in the world! The grain is taken from elevators by trains and put onto ships to transport to the international countries that buy and import Canadian grain.