Barley field day series scheduled throughout Michigan in June

Three opportunities to view malting barley research are scheduled throughout the state.

Multiple opportunities exist to engage with malting barley research in Michigan in June. | Photo by Ashley McFarland
Multiple opportunities exist to engage with malting barley research in Michigan in June. | Photo by Ashley McFarland

Malting barley research has reached all corners of the state and researchers from the Michigan State University (MSUE) malting barley research program have developed a series of field days to showcase the research and to provide networking opportunities for those engaged with the industry. Three separate events will feature different programs targeting the stakeholders in the respective region. Those interested in malting barley and malt production in Michigan are encouraged to check out one or all three programs!

  • Luckhardt Field Day | June 19, 6 - 8 p.m. | Saline, MI 
    Event features a winter barley collaborative project in Southeast Michigan, featuring farmer Ryan Luckhardt, a junior at Saline High School and active FFA member. Other partners include local food system consultant, New Growth Associaties; Fermenta, a women’s craft beverage trade organization; and Michigan State University. The showcased research trial is examining the performance of various winter malting barley varieties and their suitability for the local craft malt and craft beer market. Free dinner and refreshments provided. Event address – 5125 Braun Rd., Saline, MI 48176
  • MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Field Day | June 20, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Hickory Corners, MI
    Event features winter and spring performance and management trials and will include speakers from the seed industry and MSU researcher, Dr. Brook Wilke, who will present on research ventures underway to explore double-cropping options within malting barley production. Guided tours of the research plots will conclude the program. Free lunch provided to registered attendees. Event address – 9702 N 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI 49060
  • Thumb Field Day | June 25, 5 - 7 p.m. | Kawkawlin, MI 
    Event features the winter malting barley trial, a performance trial evaluating over 30 varieties at the Don Shelagowski Farm. Speakers will include MSU Crop Educator, Martin Nagelkirk, and will discuss local farming opportunities for the local craft malt and beer industries. Dinner sponsored by Schmidt Farms of Auburn. Event address – 804 Wetters Road, Kawkawlin, MI 48631

Registration is live and strongly encouraged for all three events, which are free of charge. Registration for each of the events can be accessed here. For questions about the event or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Hanks at

If you are interested in malting barley or malt production in Michigan, contact Ashley McFarland at 906-439-5176 or McFarland is the Director of the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan.

Did you find this article useful?