21 February 1997

Win and taste your success

HOW do you fancy drinking your own supply of personalised beer, brewed from barley grown on your farm this year?

That is the unique top prize in the quality Barley Grower of the Year competition organised by farmers weekly and DuPont.

Malting barley has reclaimed its position as a key crop on arable farms. Buoyant world demand, coupled with improved varieties, have prompted a major resurgence in popularity.

Working in conjunction with DuPont, Warminster Maltings and Pilgrim Ales, farmers weekly is offering you the chance to prove your prowess as a malting barley grower and win a supply of top quality beer.

The competition aims to promote good practice in malting barley husbandry – the judges will be looking for technical knowledge, good farm policy and a top quality sample this harvest.

The novel prize for the overall winner is a batch of beer brewed from malting barley grown on your farm. And you get a personalised bottle label, too. Awards will also be made for the best barley sample and the farm with the best agronomic practice.

Runners-up will also receive a supply of this special brew. All finalists and their partners will be invited to the presentation and overnight accommodation at a top London hotel in December.

Entering is easy. Just follow the simple instructions outlined below. Who knows, you could be toasting the success of this years malting barley crop throughout 1998.


All growers in the UK are eligible, including farm managers.

Stage 1. To enter the competition complete the simple questionnaire and entry form.

Stage 2. Successful entrants will receive a more detailed questionnaire in the post to compete for the position of finalists in each of five regions – south, west, east, north and Scotland.

Stage 3. Finalists from the questionnaire stage will be visited on-farm by a judging team in late April/early May. They will be looking for evidence of good crop husbandry and appropriate storage.

Stage 4. At harvest a sample will be collected and sent for analysis for malting quality. If you think you have what it takes to be Quality Barley Grower of the Year 1997 send off your entry today.


1. The competition is open to all bona fide farmers and farm managers.

2 Complete the entry form in ink and send it to the address on the coupon.

3. Closing date is Mar 4, 1997.

4. Late, incomplete, mutilated and illegible entries will be disqualified, as will any which do not comply with these rules. No responsibility will be accepted for entries delayed or lost in the post. Proof of postage will not be accepted as proof of delivery.

5. The winning applicant must agree to make 25t of their malting barley crop available for purchase at the prevailing malting barley rate, for use in the malting and brewing process.

6. The judges will be appointed by DuPont, Warminster Maltings, Pilgrim Ales and farmers weekly. Their decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

7. The winners and runners-up will be announced and presentations made at a special ceremony in London. Entrants must agree to attend the event and co-operate in subsequent publicity.n


Barley-to-Beer Competition 1997 – stage one entry form

1) Which of the following varieties is least suited to malting?

a) Chariot &#42 b) Pipkin &#42 c) Gaelic &#42

2) What is the maximum drying temperature for a malting barley crop with a moisture content under 22%?

a) 32C &#42 b) 39C &#42 c) 49C &#42

3) If a barley crop grown on high pH soil is showing brown spots on newer leaves, what sort of deficiency is most likely to be the cause?

a) Boron &#42 b) Manganese &#42 c) Iron &#42

4) What is the optimum grain nitrogen percentage for a malting barley destined for brewing a traditional ale?

a) 1.5% &#42 b) 1.0% &#42 c) 2.0% &#42

5) Which cereal disease appears as white/grey fur-like growth on leaves?

a) Mildew &#42 b) Net blotch &#42 c) Rhynchosporium &#42

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Please mail your completed entry form to: Barley-to-Beer Competition, MMD Advertising and PR, FREEPOST (3505 RG), Newbury, Berks RG3 1BR. Closing date is March 14,1997.