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A6 SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER l5, 20l9 AGRICULTURE 8r BUSINESS Evaluating 2019 crop malting barley for preharve st sprouting As with many other crops, the seeding of barley was delayed in some areas due to the cool-wet spring. One consequence has been a later and lon- ger harvest period. “This drawn out har- vest has increased the chances of small grains getting rained on and sprouting in the field,” according to Marvin Zutz, Executive Direc- tor of the Minnesota Barley Growers. “It appears that much of the barley was harvest- ed prior to the rain in Minnesota, but a sig- nificant portion of the crop in North Dakota did not get taken off in time. Other states may have regions affected as well.” Preharvest sprouting (PHS) can result in bar- ley that is unsuitable for malting. The malt- ing process requires barley that has a high percentage of vigorous- ly germinating kernels to produce the quality of malt needed for the brewing, distilling, and food industries; and PHS can lead to slug- gish or dead kernels. American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Vice Presi- dent and Technical Director Scott Hei- sel notes, “There are several methods to test for PHS and these can cause some con- fusion at times.” The USDA-Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) has approved methods for evaluating Sprout Damage and Injured by Sprout and the results can vary significantly between these two methods. Sprout Damage is a simple examination of the sample with little, or no, manipulation of the kernel. Injured by Sprout is measured by lightly pearling the barley sample and re- porting the percentage of kernels without in- tact embryos. Injured by Sprout is more sen— sitive and may iden- tify sprouted kernels missed by the Sprout Damage method. Fed— eral, State and private agencies authorized by FGIS to provide official inspection can evalu— ate barley for Sprout Damage or Injured by Sprout if requested to do so. A third method employs a Rapid Visco Analyzer and, simi— lar to a falling number test used for wheat, estimates the amount of starch degrading enzymes produced as IASON IACOBSON BENEFIT Iason Jacobson It has been a little over four years that I have been on this journey of living life from a seat. The hardships that I and the ones I love have endured are countless. However, learned are innumerable and i the blessings I’ve experienced are infinite. I was given a second chance at life on May 15, 2015 and because of that I am a changed man that continues and strives to better myself each and every day, not only for myself but for my amazing family and friends. a kernel sprouts or germinates. Zutz says, that “grow- ers that suspect their grain may have PHS should contact the company they are con- tracting with and see what the next steps are.” Special attention in storage may be war- ranted for barley that has very low levels of PHS as further quali- ty losses could occur to grain that went into storage with little or no outward appearance of having been adversely affected. Heisel states that “there are many sources for good grain handling practices . icludlng the AMBA publication Harvest- ing, D.’ 1g and Stor- ing Malting Barley and those posted on the University of Min- nesota Extension web- site (https://extension. umn.edu/small-grains/ small-grains-harvest- and-storage)” , Further information and advice can be ob- tained from your malt— ing barley purchaser, the lessons I’ve FREE WILL OFFERING Brisket & Pulled Pork Dinner Sept. 28th starting at 5:00 pm. SILENT 8: LIVE AUCTION Sept. 28th starting at approx. 7:00 p.111. Sidney Elks Lodge Wanna Be An Elk 4 Person Scramble Golf Tournament Registration from 9:00 - 10:30 am. Sidney Country Club Tee Off@ 11:00 am. Registration forms can be picked up at Sidney Elks Lodge Price is $50.00 per golfer (does not include cart) Benefit / Silent & Live Auction to Follow 5:00 p.m.. Contact Info: Benefit Auction: Steve Geiser — (406) 4804755 V Or: Kathy Nicholson — (406) 480-9032 Golf Tournament: Ryan Laqua (406) 480-9052 Or Call the Sidney Elks Lodge — (406)433—2406 1 Financial Donations can also be made‘ at the Sidney Elks Lodge 207092 SIDNEY STUDENTS RECEIVE FIRE EXTINGUISHERTRAINlNG PHOTO SUBMITTED BYTED FULGHAM Sidney High School ag welding classes had a day of hands-on learning Friday, Sept. 6. Sidney Fire Department, Red Hot Fire Extinguisher company and ag teacher Ted Fulgham all worked together to provide hands on fire extinguisher training at Sidney High school. Checking out fire extinguishers are, from left, Sidney Fire Marshal Kale Rasmussen, Kade Rindahl, Korbyn Zoanni, Kaleb Schrader, Nickolas Kordonowy, Carson Borg, Parker Sain, John Morely and Jace Bell. American Crystal Sugar seeks damages from software developer 3v FORUM NEWS SERVICE MINNEAPOLIS The Moor- head-based American Crystal Sugar Company has filed a law- suit against a Wisconsin software development company in federal . .irt, seeking damages for mis— leading claims allegedly made by the company about a software package. The lawsuit filed Aug. 21 in Minneapolis federal court alleges Hartland, Wis—based Biwer & As- sociates fraudulently misrepresent— ed its skills and experience while working to pitch a major software overhaul to American Crystal, re- sulting in damages in excess of $1 million. The sugar company had been using the same software for its operations since..1992 and started looking for a replacement for its out—of-date system in 2017, accord- ing to the lawsuit. In January 2019, the company entered an agreement. with Biwer to start implementing the software. Work on the software would cost an estimated $895,000 plus an additional $500,000 “enter— prise licensing fee.” The lawsuit alleges that Biwer failed to achieve a single milestone in the development and imple— mentation process, breaching its agreement with American Crystal and revealing that it had misrep- resented its abilities to obtain the contract. Accusing Biwer of breaching its contract and negligently and fraudulently representing its abil- ities, American Crystal seeks to recuperate the roughly $748,000 in fees it paid to Biwer, plus attorneys fees and additional yet-to-be-deter- mined compensatory damages. - In a statement Thursday, Aug. 29, Biwer president Bob Biwer Jr. dis- puted the claims made by Ameri- . can Crystal. Biwer said his company has 20 years of experience with the type of software it was contracted to im- plement and that the suit brought by American Crystal is the first time his company has been ac- cused of failing to fulfill a contract in its nearly 40-year history. Colonoscopies save lives. Start with yours at trinityhealth.org/ screenings. Colon cancer is silent. When symptoms appear, it can often be too late. At Trinity Health, we’re doing more to change that. We are leading the way by encouraging everyone over age 50 to have a screening. And one of the best is a colonoscopy, detecting and treating colon cancerlwhen it’s most curable. Preventing colon cancer is possible. Start at trinityhealth.org/screenings. MAKING MORE POSSIBLE TRINITY ’ HEALTH V I