Article Feature: Malt Barley Yield and Quality Response to Nitrogen and Irrigation Termination Timing

This article was originally published in Crops & Soils (WERA-103) on October 11, 2022. It is posted here with permission from the authors. 

By Christopher W. Rogers, USDA-ARS, Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research, Kimberly, ID; Biswanath Dari, North Carolina State Extension, North Carolina State A&T, Greensboro, NC;  and Jason Walling, USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit, Madison, WI

Droughts in the western United States have led to an increased and pressing need to consider how to manage crops with less water for the future sustainability of production in the  region. Fertilizer nitrogen (N) recommendations in the western United States have often been determined where irrigation was a non-limiting factor. However, when irrigation is a  limiting factor, it is critical to consider the interrelationship with irrigation amounts and N applications rates as crop yield and quality can be heavily influenced in both positive and negative ways. An irrigation termination and N fertilizer rate study was conducted to investigate malt barley yield and quality response in Kimberly, ID.

Read the full article here.

Image: Small-plot barley irrigation research rate trial at the USDA-ARS Northwest Irrigation and Soil Research Laboratory Kimberly, ID. Photo by Dr. Christopher W. Rogers.


Registration now open for joint barley research conference in Davis, California

The planning committee of the joint 23rd North American Barley Research Workshop and 43rd Barley Improvement Conference is excited to welcome the barley research community to Davis, California, September 22nd-24th. The robust program features a diverse slate of seminars, panels, and posters and features two pre-workshop opportunities to get hands-on experience with the malting and brewing processes. Register now at the conference website. Early-bird pricing ends July 31st. 

The program will be kicked off with an industry panel, featuring both Canadian and U.S. contributors. Planned technical sessions cover topics such as plant breeding, the evolution of barley production, abiotic and biotic stressors, agronomy, hulless barley, and barley quality. The first day will conclude with a happy hour and poster session, and the second day will wrap up with a dinner, featuring guest speaker Dr. Michael Davis, retired president of the American Malting Barley Association and former executive secretary of the National Barley Improvement Committee. 

In conjunction with the conference, the Craft Maltsters Guild is hosting their 2nd annual Malt for Brewers and Distillers Workshop. This two-day, in-person course is custom-tailored for craft malt beverage producers and provides an extensive overview of technical malt knowledge from farm to fermenter. Maltsters and farmers will also find the workshop a valuable opportunity to learn to better communicate with their brewery and distillery clients. Hands-on activities and tours of the UC Davis Brewing Program pilot brewery, as well as a local craft maltster, Admiral Maltings in Alameda, CA, will also be part of the experience. Visit the event website to learn more about the workshop and to register. 

Additionally, conference co-host, Dr. Glen Fox, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at UC-Davis, welcomes attendees to participate in a one-day brewing course on September 21st, targeting early-career barley professionals. This course will provide participants a very hands-on experience in practical brewing. This day is limited to first 16 participants to register. Please contact Glen to get the discount code.  

For any questions regarding the program, reach out to co-host Dr. Harmonie Bettenhausen, Director of the Center for Craft Food and Beverage at Hartwick College. Questions regarding registration can be directed to Dr. Glen Fox. We look forward to hosting you in Davis! Register by July 31st for early-bird pricing.