Stander Approved For Malting, Canadian Sale
Prairie Grains is the
by the University of Minnesota and released in 1993, is
now classified as a malting variety, approved by the the
American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) in August,
However, AMBA urges that Stander not be mixed with other varieties until its in the hands of maltsters, due to Standers high alpha amylase activity which can cause problems in the brewing process.
In 1995, Stander was planted on almost 30 percent of barley acreage in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Stander is "non-itchy" like Robust but stands better. It has the same or higher kernel plumpness and also yields better than Robust.
Separately, the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station has made an agreement with the Alberta Wheat Pool, Calgary, to license Stander barley for production and sale in Canada.
The agreement provides for payment of an initial licensing fee of $100,000 to the U of M, and a royalty fee based on metric tons of seed sold. The Alberta Pool will be the sole agent for Stander in Canada, and individual growers in Canada will be licensed by the Pool.
The arrangement will provide for orderly distribution and use of Stander in Canada and generate funds to invest in crop variety research at the U of M, says Mike Martin, dean of agriculture.
Minnesota varieties Excel and Robust have been widely grown in Canada, but with no return to the U of M.
The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association will be the source of seed for the Alberta Pool. It is illegal for U.S. seedsmen to supply seed of Stander barley to Canada, and seed grown in Canada is prohibited from sale in the United States.