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Jerry Clark
Division of Extension UW-Madison


Malted grains, principally barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), are essential raw materials for brewing. Demand is increasing for more sustainable crop production practices and locally grown brewing ingredients, including malting barley for a nationally expanding microbrewing industry. At the same time, climate change makes it imperative to identify new production zones and cropping systems for malting barley using sustainable production practices. Sustainable malting barley management added to an existing cropping system rotation such as corn, soybean, and alfalfa can provide an alternative crop in many of the cooler growing areas of the nation.

Purpose of the study was to determine sustainable economic application rates of nitrogen and fungicides.  University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension faculty investigated production practices of nitrogen and fungicide applications to malting barley varieties and their effect on yield.  Trials tested specific varieties with nitrogen rates at 0, 30, 60, and 90 pounds per acre.  The fungicide application trial investigated timing of application and fungicide product efficacy to malting barley for control of Fusarium Head Blight and the effect on yield.  The study was conducted at two locations at Buffalo County and Chippewa County in 2018, 2019, and 2020.  Results indicated significant differences within the nitrogen and fungicide applications to specific varieties during specific years and locations.

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Authors: J. Clark, C. Duley
  1. Clark, J. AGRICULTURE AGENT, Division of Extension UW-Madison, Wisconsin, 54729
  2. Duley, C. Agriculture Agent, Division of Extension UW-Madison, Wisconsin, 54610