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.

Field day attendees will get the opportunity to tour research plots, along with learning more about this budding industry.

Field day attendees will get the opportunity to tour research plots, along with learning more about this budding industry.

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

The morning will conclude with a tour of the variety trial research plots, in addition to sponsored research plots commissioned by Pilot Malt House. Lunch is offered free of charge, but registration is strongly recommended to ensure an accurate count. You can register for this free event at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=4429EE30226AE63A. For questions about the event, contact Dean Baas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 269-967-9672.

If you are interested in malting barley or malt production, contact Ashley McFarland at 906-439-5176 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). McFarland is the Coordinator of the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan. 

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