Field to Bench: Genetics, Test Plots, and Terroir

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft Long before the term “craft malt” entered the beer industry’s imagination, enterprising scientist Dr. Jamie Sherman was breeding and testing barley and other grains. Working within Montana State University’s (MSU) Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Sherman studied the composition of several grains in an attempt to better understand the genetics…

Studying Roots Is Challenging But Could Help Wheat and Barley Breeders Improve Drought Tolerance

By Jessica Williams, Ph.D. Candidate at Montana State University’s Barley, Malt & Brewing Quality Lab In a semi-arid climate, it is important for crops to produce high yields and quality even if water is lacking. Since root systems are the part of the plant that absorbs water, they are a likely target for crop breeders…

AMBA Recommended Malting Barley Varieties for 2019

Each year, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) releases its list of recommended malting barley varieties to US growers. AMBA is a nonprofit trade association of 76 brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of US malting barley. The list is meant to inform US producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the…

Northeast SARE Now Accepting Farmer Grant Applications

Farmer Grant Applications Due November 27, 2018 Northeast SARE offers grants to farmers to conduct research addressing issues that affect farming and the food system in the Northeast. Competitive proposals offer innovation through techniques that test a new idea or apply a known idea in a new way. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed…

Cover Crops & Water Quality Facts Sheets, Infographics, and Slide Set Now Available from SARE

The Cover Crops and Water Quality resources now available from SARE include five fact sheets, three infographics, and one PowerPoint slide set. Together, these resources address the role of cover crops in nutrient management, erosion, infiltration and soil organic matter. Resulting from a synthesis of scientific literature documenting the impacts of cover crops on water…