Barley looking good in Bighorn Basin

Worland, Wyo. – The Bighorn Basin barley crop is shaping up to be a good one.

The barley season is a couple weeks behind schedule. But farmers say the barley looks excellent. Pat Vandersloot, an agronomist with MillerCoors in Worland, says yields appear to be on par with previous years.

Meanwhile, prices are up. MillerCoors is paying growers $11.50 per 100 pounds of barley this year. That's up $4 from last year, setting a new record.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wyoming farmers planted 90,000 acres of malt and feed barley this year, up by about 50 percent since last year.