Vermont farmers have been growing grains for animal feed on dairy farms for years.  Our goal is to give them the information they need to be able to grow higher yielding and quality grains.  It is our hope that the information generated will result in the production of more nutritious feed for livestock and/or the ability for farmers to produce grains for human consumption. 

Over the past few years, there has been increasing demand for locally grown grains of all types, including wheat, barley, oats, and more. Because Vermont has not been a hub for grain production since the 1800s, much of the local knowledge and infrastructure has been lost. Therefore, our team has been collaborating with the Northern Grain Growers Association to rebuild a grain industry in Vermont. Our goal is to give both commercial farmers and small scale homesteaders the research-based information they need to grow higher yielding and quality cereal grains as nutritious feed for livestock and/or grains for human consumption. In addition to our research and outreach program, our Cereal Grain Quality Testing Laboratory helps farmers assess and maintain the quality of their grains.

  • Malting Barley

    Following are some Malt Barley resources and is work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number LNE15-339-29994.

    PDF icon Guide to Malting Barley Production in the Northeast

    YouTube Videos

    go.uvm.edu/wokm8 - Strategies to Grow High Quality Malt Barley in the Northeast

    go.uvm.edu/mop-7 - Strategies for Harvesting High Quality Malt Barley in the Northeast

    go.uvm.edu/y5q4k - Strategies to Store High Quality Malt Barley in the Northeast

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SMALL GRAINS

Vermont farmers have been growing grains for animal feed on dairy farms for years. Our goal has been to give them the information they need to be able to grow higher yielding and quality grains. It is our hope that the information generated will result in the production of more nutritious feed for livestock and/or the ability for farmers to produce grains for human consumption.

MALTING BARLEY

We have been asked on many occasions by local brewers and distillers whether barley grown in Vermont could meet malting quality standards. Through the years, we have planted several research trials and varieties of winter and spring malting barley.  You can view reports from our Research Results page.

Research Results

Find results of our cereal grains and dry bean research trials from 2009 to present, including:

  • Variety trials for spring & winter wheats, malting barley, cereal rye, oats, dry beans, & flax;
  • Seeding rate & planting date trials;
  • Fungicide efficacy in spring wheat & malting barley;
  • Organic nitrogen topdressing of winter wheat;
  • Weed control in spring wheat & flax; and
  • Pest scouting reports.

NWCS Quality Testing Lab

We provide testing services for cereal grains, hops, and malting barley.