Malting Barley Breeding

Our 2-row facultative/winter 2-row malting barley program is supported by the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA)  and Great Western Malting. Our strategy is to use doubled haploids and molecular breeding techniques to achieve the long-term goal: 2-row facultative types with excellent malting quality, cold tolerance, disease resistance, and productivity. On our way to this goal we won’t throw away winter types. Our first 2-row doubled haploids entered into the AMBA Pilot Program and Plant Scale Programs are indeed winters: malting and agronomic data are available in our annual reports.

American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) reports

Resources for malting barley breeding



Special Projects Department: Building the Oregon Barley Brand

The Western Rivers Conservancy winter malting barley project
Spring 2-row malting trials at irrigated and high rainfall sites
Our goal was to help 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. 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 generated will allow stakeholders to make agronomic, malting, and brewing decisions based on variety and nitrogen management.
Fall-planted dryland trials - Morrow County
Our goal with these trials was to provide growers interested in fall-planted barley in one of Oregon's premium dryland production areas with agronomic data on current commercial, or pre-commercial barley varieties suitable for fall-sowing. The trial included representatives of all types of barley: 2-row/6-row; covered/naked; facultative/winter; awned/hooded.