MSU Malting Barley Field Day Series

Date: June 19, 2018 - June 28, 2018
Contact: Sarah Lovett Hanks,

Opportunities to engage with research at three localized events!

As the craft brewing industry is expanding in Michigan, so is the desire to source locally grown barley for malting. Join barley experts from Michigan State University and the malting and brewing industry for a discussion on the considerations and opportunities for barley production in Michigan. Each event will feature different research, speakers, and time for networking. Feel free to join us for one or all three events!  

June 19, 6 - 8 p.m.
Luckhardt Field Day
5125 Braun Rd., Saline, MI 
Ryan Luckhardt, a junior at Saline High School and an active member of the local FFA chapter, is participating in a research trial collaboration with New Growth Associates (a local food system consultancy firm), Fermenta (a women’s craft beverage trade group collective), and Michigan State University. Join us for an evening in the barley field with dinner and refreshments. The showcased research trial is examining the performance of various winter malting barley varieties and their suitability for the local craft malt and craft beer market.   

June 20, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Information and Demonstration Day
9702 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI
Over 50 spring and winter varieties will be viewable at the event, and the agenda will include speakers from the seed industry and highlight MSU malting barley researcher, Dr. Brook Wilke. A tour of malting barley management trials will also be offered. Free lunch will be served.

June 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
Thumb Area Malting Barley Field Day
804 Wetters Road, Kawkawlin, MI
Join us for the first-ever, malting barley field day in the Thumb region. Over thirty winter malting barley varieties will be on display, and the agenda will include local experts, including MSU Crop Educator, Martin Nagelkirk. Dinner will be sponsored by Schmidt Farms of Auburn. 


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