Malting barley research featured at W.K. Kellogg Biological Station field day
For the first time, malting barley varieties are being tested at the Michigan State University facility in southwest Michigan.
The Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) malting barley research program is hosting a variety trial 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. The research is supported through a Brewers Association grant that provided funds for the variety trial to be held at two additional locations as well; the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center and at an on-farm cooperator in Presque Isle County.
This variety trial will be featured at a field day event on Thursday, July 7 starting at 8:00 am with registration and will include a free lunch. Agenda topics include:
- Malting barley research in Michigan – Ashley McFarland, MSU Extension
- Malted barley industry: market, needs, and requirements – Ryan Hamilton, Pilot Malt House
- Brewing industry: market, needs, and requirements – John Mallet, Bell’s Brewery
- Growing barley: producing quality malting barley – Christian Kapp, MSU AgBioResearch