With the development of a robust localvore movement and the revival of the small grains industry in the Northeast, craft breweries and distilleries have expressed an interest in sourcing local barley for malting. Malting barley must meet specific quality characteristics, such as moderate protein content and high germination rate. Winter barley has not been traditionally grown in the Northeast due to severe winterkill. However, newly developed varieties and a changing climate have encouraged our team to investigate this crop for the area. In 2019-2020, UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program conducted a winter barley trial to evaluate the yield, quality and agronomic characteristics of malting barley varieties.


Vermont, University of Vermont, winter barley

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