Barley workshops planned in North Dakota and Montana


Growers in Montana and North Dakota will have several opportunities to hear the latest information and issues about barley at day-long workshops in February 2012.

Best of the Best in Wheat and Barley Research will be held in Dickinson, ND at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge on Feb. 7 beginning at 8:30 AM, and in Minot, ND at the Grand International Inn on Feb. 8 beginning at 10:00 AM.

Barley presentations at the National Hard Spring Wheat Show in Williston, ND at the Airport International Inn will begin at 9:00 AM Feb. 8.

Barley Updates will be held Feb. 14 at the Pondera Shooting Sports Club in Conrad, MT beginning at 9:00 AM; Feb. 23 at the Richland County Extension & Eastern Agricultural Research Conference Center in Sidney, MT beginning at 9:30 AM and Feb. 28 at the Carrington Research Extension Center in Carrington, ND beginning at 8:30 AM.

Speakers will cover topics such as weather influences on barley development; crop insurance; variety updates; disease, insect and weed control; barley in rotations with other crops; barley grain storage and drying; barley and malt quality factors; industry updates  and marketing issues.  Speakers will include experts from Montana State University (MSU) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) and agriculture and barley industries.

Sponsors include the American Malting Barley Association, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch, Inc.; Cargill Malt Co.; Centrol Crop Consulting; The Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences; Malteurop North America., MillerCoors; MSU and NDSU Extension; the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee; the North Dakota Barley Council; the North Dakota and Montana Grain Growers Associations, the North Dakota Crop Improvement Association, the North Dakota Wheat Commission and Rahr Malting Co.

Workshops are free but registration is requested. Lunch will be served at most meetings, and social hours will also be hosted. Please contact Karen Hertsgaard (Karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu701-231-5384) at the Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences for information or to register for workshops.

Source: NDSU Dept. of Plain Sciences