Canadian Advantage: Long winter seasons and a vast landscape

Canada’s northern climate permits minimal use of pesticides.  This is an advantage in Canada where malting companies refuse barley treated with pre-harvest chemicals or desiccants (drying agents).  Canadian winters have a silver lining.  The cold, dry air that accompanies the winter months ensures optimal storage conditions and helps prevent insects from infiltrating our grain.

Canada’s cereals growing region is large – 24 million hectares or 60 million acres of arable land in the country’s four western provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba).  By comparison, that’s about five times the size of the United Kingdom.  Spread across such a large area, catastrophic crop failure caused by weather, precipitation, insects or disease is far less likely than in smaller growing regions.