Malting barley varieties compared in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

A Michigan State University Extension research trial tests 19 barley varieties for yield and seed quality.

A malting barley variety trial was developed and conducted at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) in Chatham, Mich., in 2013. The project was funded by a grant from Project GREEEN. The work was performed by UPREC research assistant Christian Kapp and myself. Nineteen barley varieties, including publicly available and privately owned seed lines, were tested. The malting barley variety trial was set up in small plots and was replicated four times to allow for statistical analysis. Michigan State University Extension recommendations were used for determining fertilizer use and weed and disease control measures. Prosaro fungicide was used to reduce the risk of Fusarium head scab.

Malting barley variety trial Malt barley plot harvest
(Left) Malting barley variety trial plot on Aug. 2, 2013. (Right) Malt barley plot harvest on Sept. 13, 2013.

Partial results are included in the table below.

Yield and test weight corrected to 14.5% moisture

Variety

Type

Bu/a

Tst Wt

 

 

14.5% mst

14.5% mst

Oddyesey

2-row

57.21

49.8

NSA 1820

2-row

52.35

50.1

Pinnacle

2-row

52.08

48.7

Conrad

2-row

49.66

49.1

Genie

2-row

49.62

50.2

Merit 57

2-row

48.48

47.6

Overture

2-row

48.18

49.8

Voyager

2-row

43.1

48.4

Merit

2-row

40.93

47.8

Conlon

2-row

40.28

49.7

Innovation

6-row

55.47

47.1

Lacey

6-row

53.98

49.5

Rasmusson

6-row

53.65

48.5

Celebration

6-row

52.86

47

Tradition

6-row

51.89

47.4

Stellar-ND

6-row

51.77

46.6

Quest

6-row

50.61

47.8

Robust

6-row

51.45

47.7

Legacy

6-row

48.07

46.9

Mean

 

50.03

48.4

CV (%)

 

16.5

1.5

LSD0.05

 

ns

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Grain quality for malting was measured at North Dakota State University with the following key results.

Cleaning samples Malt barley samples
(Left) Cleaning and processing malt barley samples on Sept. 16, 2013. (Right) Malt barley samples from combine on Sept. 16, 2013.

Conclusions:

A complete report can be viewed online at “Upper Peninsula malting barley variety trial” or contact Jim Isleib at 906-387-2530 for a mailed copy.