Originally Posted by fifelee
I got a five gallon bucket of malt from the plant in Great Falls.
Next time you are home go to Big Sky Homebrew. John will hook you up.Big Sky Homebrew Supply - Great Falls, Montana
Back in the day your old man probably only got $2.50 for a bushel of barley. We sold last years for $7, but it has dropped though the floor again. Will likely be in the $4.00 range next year.
What, go back across the divide? I will visit Big Sky Homebrew Supply next time I'm up there, thanks!
Oh, yeah, that's what I wanted to convey.. $2.50 PER BUSHEL... I think it would amaze most homebrewers to know what a farmer gets for a bushel of the grain that gets sold to be malted (By amaze, I mean the very small piece of the pie they receive for their grain)
I guess the same thing for goes for a loaf of bread etc - the farmer takes a very very small piece of that pie for their efforts.. but I'm losing focus here!
We were always lucky to sell our barley for malting, the majority of our grain usually went for feed barley (I can't remember what feed barley sold for then, if I'm not mistaken, it wasn't that bad back then). But, that's the price you do pay for dryland farming - planting barley without irrigation is usually a gamble.