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Special Projects Department: Building the Oregon (Craft Malting) Barley Brand 

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We are helping to build the Oregon Craft Malting Barley Brand by generating agronomic and brewing performance data on 5 varieties (Copeland, Expedition, Explorer, Full Pint, and Genie) at 3 representative locations (Grand Ronde Valley, Klamath Basin, and Willamette Valley) and 3 nitrogen fertilizer rates. Oregon is a world leader in craft brewing and distilling and also has the potential to develop strong commercial and craft malting industries – and to create a true “all-Oregon beer”.  In addition to a strategically located commercial malting facility (Great Western Malting), Oregon has a developing craft malting industry with two malt houses scheduled to start production in 2015.  Oregon growers are ideally positioned to provide these industries with barley, but additional variety and management information is needed to ensure the integrity and advantages of the Oregon “brand”. The craft malting industry has lower specifications for grain protein (8 – 12%) and protein-related malting quality traits than the commercial industry: therefore proper management of nitrogen fertilizer is essential. The data we generate will allow stakeholders to make agronomic, malting, and brewing decisions based on variety and nitrogen management. In order to generate sufficient grain for malting and brewing we will produce 200 or more pounds of grain per variety/nitrogen combination at each location. Therefore, this is a larger-than-average trial.   

 

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