The Michigan State University malting barley research program is excited to showcase the research underway for the 2018 crop season. The MSU Malting Barley Field Day in Hickory Corners starts at 8 a.m. with registration and refreshments, followed by an educational program featuring MSU researchers, representatives from the barley seed industry and a tour of the research plots. Station manager and barley researcher Book Wilke will share his experiences with growing malting barley and his project underway for double-cropping opportunities. The field day will conclude with a free networking lunch.
The following research projects will be on display and results from the 2017 trials will be shared.
Eastern Spring Barley Nursery: 28 spring malting barley varieties tested for agronomic and malt quality performance.
Winter Malting Barley Trial: 27 winter malting barley varieties tested for agronomic and malt quality performance.
Winter Malting Barley Management Trials: Various management treatments are explored in this research, including fertility and fungicide.
Two other field day opportunities are scheduled and can be registered for at the MSU
The conference will feature a track on hop as well as barley and malt for designed for both growers and brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss: horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and much more.
The conference will feature a pre-conference hop introductory track on Monday, March 12 and then focus on advanced hop production along with barley and malt topics on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14.
Beer Pairing Reception with Fred Bueltmann – There will also be a brewer/grower networking session that focuses on hop and malt barley quality. The networking session will provide growers with a better idea of quality requirements and help align the supply of Michigan grown hops and malt barley with brewer needs.
During the reception, enjoy the musical stylings of the Springtails. The Springtails are a charming Michigan-based husband-and-wife duo, Andy & Julianna Wilson. Mixing new with old vaudeville and swing-era standards, her lilting voice and snappy ukulele with his soulful harmonica and retro-sounding horn transport listeners back in time with songs that range from haunting ballads to playful swing. Mike Smalley on upright bass and Bob Bryan on drums and washboard complete the quartet version of the band.
Over 50 spring and winter varieties will be viewable at the event, and the agenda will include speakers from the seed industry and highlight MSU malting barley researcher, Dr. Brook Wilke. A tour of malting barley management trials will also be offered.