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Barley field days planned in 2 Michigan regions

Learn about malting barley research and interact with industry professionals at June events.

June 4, 2019

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In a previous barley field day participants toured barley variety trial plots. This year, there are two field days in differe
BARLEY FOCUS: During a previous barley field day, participants toured barley variety trial plots. This year, there are two field days in different parts of Michigan. Dean Baas, MSU Extension

By Dean Baas and Erin Keller

Researchers from the Michigan State University malting barley research program are offering field days to showcase the research surrounding malting barley and provide networking opportunities for farmers, industry professionals or those who are interested in barley production.

Two field days are planned to accommodate stakeholders in different regions of the state. Those interested in malting barley, malt production and the growth of the industry in Michigan are encouraged to attend one or both field days.

Field days will be at the following locations:

MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. This field day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 at 9702 N. 40th St., Hickory Corners, Mich. It will feature guided tours of the research plots that include winter and spring variety and management trials. Speakers from the seed, malting, distilling and production industries will offer their insights and perspectives on malting barley in Michigan. Brook Wilke, farm manager at MSU Kellogg Biological Station, will present on the past, current and potential research surrounding malting barley. A free networking lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

Thumb Region. This event is from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27 at 804 Wetters Road, Kawkawlin, Mich. It will feature winter malting barley variety and performance trials evaluating more than 30 varieties at the Don Shelagowski Farm. Speakers will include professionals from the seed, malting, distilling and production industries. Dean Baas will present on the past, current and potential research surrounding malting barley. A free networking meal also will be provided to registered attendees.

Registration for both events is available at the Malting Barley Field Days registration page. Both events are free.

For questions regarding event details or sponsorship opportunities, contact Wilke at [email protected], Baas at [email protected] or Ryan Hamilton at [email protected].

If you are interested in malting barley or malt production in Michigan, visit the MSU Extension malting barley website or contact Wilke, Baas, Hamilton or James Dedecker at [email protected].

Baas and Keller write for MSU Extension.

Source: Michigan State University Extension, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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