EAST LANSING, Mich. — 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
The morning will conclude with a tour of the variety research plots. Lunch is offered free of charge to registered attendees. A tour of the management research plots will follow after lunch. You can register for this free event at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/maltingbarleyfieldday/. For questions about the event, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Hanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in malting barley or malt production in Michigan, contact Ashley McFarland at 906-439-5176 or email@example.com. McFarland is the Coordinator of the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan.
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