Field day set to showcase both spring and winter malting barley varieties
The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station is set to host a barley information and demonstration day on Wednesday, June 28.
The Michigan State University Extension malting barley research program hosts various research projects at the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) to expand their understanding on variety performance throughout the state. In response to the growing demand for locally sourced ingredients for the craft beer market, farmers are exploring this re-emerging crop, but very little is known about the adaptability of varieties to the southern Michigan growing region where KBS is located. At the station, 25 spring and 33 winter varieties are being trialed, along with various management strategies, including fertility. The research is funded through grants from the Brewers Association, MSU Project GREEEN and the American Malting Barley Association, which provide support for the statewide research.
The spring and winter variety trials will be featured at a field day event on Wednesday, June 28 starting at 8:00 am with registration and will include a free lunch for registered participants.
Agenda topics include:
- Malting barley research in Michigan – Ashley McFarland, MSU Extension
- Malting barley production panel, featuring MSU researchers Christian Kapp and Brook Wilke, along with Thumb area farmer, Nate Schramski
- Malting industry panel, featuring Megan Goldenberg (Macon Creek Malt) and Jeff Malkiewicz (Great Lakes Malting Company)
- Brewing and distilling industry panel, featuring Steve Berthel (New Holland Brewing Co.), Duncan Williams (Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.), and a representative from the Long Road Distillers