Explore malting barley varieties, management and markets at June 20 field day

Join researchers, farmers, industry professionals, and Michigan barley enthusiasts alike at the Kellogg Biological Station Malting Barley Field Day.

Field day participants
Barley field day participants tour barley variety trial plots. Photo by MSU Extension.

Malting barley offers another crop choice for farmers wanting to diversify their rotations. Barley can be used for feed, malted for brewing, used for other foods or harvested for seed. Michigan’s booming craft beer industry provides opportunity for farmers to produce and sell malting barley, especially due to the national trend of sourcing local food and consumer demand for a Michigan made craft beer.

An opportunity to learn about the production and management of malting barley is set for Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Michigan State University W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 9702 N 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI 49060. This event will provide insight on research surrounding malting barley as well as the perspectives of a variety of industry professionals including representatives from the farming, research, seed and malting industries.

Event schedule

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Registration, refreshments and networking
  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Research and industry presentations and panels, including:
    • Brook Wilke, Kellogg Biological Station farm manager
    • Eric Olson, MSU wheat breeder
    • Vincent Coonce, Independent Barley & Malt, Inc.
    • Jeff Malkiewicz, Great Lakes Malting Co.
    • Sara Hagerty, Origin Malts
    • Scott Graham, Michigan Brewers Guild
  • 11:00 a.m.– noon: Tour of variety trial and research plots, including:
    • Eastern Spring Barley Nursery: 27 spring malting barley varieties
    • Winter Malting Barley Trial: 27 winter malting barley varieties
    • Winter Malting Barley Management Trials: Various management treatments are explored in this research, including fertility and fungicides.
  • Noon – 1:00 p.m.: Free networking lunch sponsored by Independent Barley & Malt, Inc.

A second malting barley field day is planned at the Don Shelagowski Farm, 804 Wetters Rd, Kawkawlin, MI 48631 on the evening of June 27, 2019.

Those interested in attend either or both malting barley field days can register online at the Malting Barley Field Days Registration page. Both events are free of charge.

For questions regarding specific event details or sponsorship opportunities, contact Brook Wilke at wilkebro@msu.edu, Dean Baas at baasdean@msu.edu or Ryan Hamilton at hamil486@msu.edu.

If you are interested in malting barley or malt production in Michigan, visit the MSU ExtensionMalting Barley website or contact Brook Wilke at wilkebro@msu.edu, Dean Baas at baasdean@msu.edu, James Dedecker at dedecke5@msu.edu or Ryan Hamilton at hamil486@msu.edu.


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