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Barley Field School Held at NDSU

Tours and hands-on activities were featured at the 3rd annual North Dakota State University Barley Field School, which was held in July. Topics covered included barley growth stages and management, malting barley growing practices, barley malt quality, barley breeding basics, barley harvest and storage, and barley risk management techniques.

The 3rd annual North Dakota State University Barley Field School took place July 22-24 in Fargo, West Fargo and Dazey, ND.

Maltsters, brewers and farmers from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania attended. During classroom sessions participants learned how to grow high quality barley for malting, how to prevent diseases and pests in barley fields, how to harvest and store malting barley and the best practices for managing risk when growing and marketing malting barley.  

Hands-on sessions on crossing techniques used in barley breeding research, utilizing barley and malt quality testing equipment, grain marketing, and risk management were also featured.

The group toured NDSU research sites including the state-of-the-art Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex, the Commodity Trading Room at Barry Hall, experimental barley plots, pathology nurseries and seed farm plots, and also an industrial barley grain storage facility and a private barley farm.

Presenters at the Field School included Eric Broten, Broten Farms, Dazey, ND; Robert Brueggeman, NDSU Barley Pathologist; Steven Edwardson, North Dakota Barley Council Executive Director; Kenneth Hellevang, NDSU Extension Agriculture Engineering Specialist; Richard Horsley, NDSU Barley Breeder; Grant Mehring, NDSU Extension Agronomy Specialist; Frayne Olson, NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Specialist and Paul Schwarz, NDSU Barley and Malt Quality Specialist.

Sponsors of the Field School were the North Dakota Barley Council and the NDSU Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences.

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences - August 20,2014
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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