Beer prices jumped a few years ago thanks to a hop shortage. This year, prices may rise because of a possible barley shortage. The Toronto Sun has a story saying that a late-developing barley crop -- thanks to the crummy weather -- may produce the second-smallest harvest in nine years in Canada. The country is the world's biggest exporter of malting barley, the newspaper says. “Biggest factor will be harvest (weather),” Lorelle Selinger, manager of barley marketing and sales for the Wheat Board, told the newspaper. “Quality will be the big question.” To read the full story, click here.