Growing Malting Barley in Wisconsin, Joe Bragger, WI

Growing Malting Barley in Wisconsin, Joe Bragger, WI

Well my name is Joel Prager And I was very fortunate to be able to work with a great group of people I would like to give some credit to Jim Ellis Matt Danzinger Mike slasher Jay bringer And I’d also like to recognize Carl, Dooley who I’m pointing to our Buffalo County AG agent Who really helped us along and get in some of the statistical stuff and making sure we’re doing things, right? the the idea for working with the malting barley was We’re really kind of starting to focus in this area on a couple main crops corn and soybeans and to kind of get into some diversity With the small grains and small grains will allow us to get some cover crops in on a farm like ours We’re mostly a dairy operation. It would give us an opportunity spread manure Possibly and one of the best times a year that we could while we still have growing crops out there So it just opens up from an environmental standpoint from a marketing standpoint some wonderful opportunities Some of the things that in the process Growing barley as intense as any crop if I think I’ve learned that in life of farming if there’s any crop you think you can just go out and throw it out there and It’s going to take care of itself You’re gonna get what you put into it and with the barley We’ve learned that the fungicide applications need to be timely We do have to get them there in order to keep our quality up we have to be very cognizant over. Nitrogen applications Zero is not enough a hundred is way too much Especially when we’re talking about the barley because we need to keep our protein levels low to satisfy the the brewing industry And if we start applying too much nitrogen first of all we’re gonna have maybe too much growth and we’re gonna affect that protein content Following in near rotations, that’s another issue when you talk about disease pressures falling right after a small grain or a Corn crop where you have residue out there. Not a good choice In the past have grown some wheat? Trying to get about twenty thirty acres in now with the malting barley. We will follow that up Took it off last week Which was the what is to say the beginning of August for somebody listening to this? And our plan is to come back with a mix of clover Rye and radish and we will put that on we’ll broadcast out on the field followed by a light 6000 gallon manure application to get some good soil contact And if we get that done in the next week here weather permitting We will have some great soil penetration with those radishes The clovers will fix some nitrogen for us for the following crop and of course that rye cover is going to add a lot of root mass to the soil and hold soil in place for us so that we won’t have bare grounds so In our word a little more north here Typically cover crops are kind of hard to get on I’ll be experimenting down the road the aerial applications on different crops stuff like that But one place you definitely can put a cover crop in and make it work is after a small green I went out and grew our own acres this year and each one took a little different approach And each one had a little different outcome You put on two might too much. Nitrogen guess what just like the plot said it’ll tip over You know not hit your fungicide applications right on time You’ll have some disease pressure, so it was really neat in the on-farm portion But then when we actually hit the road and put in a larger scale Those two collaborated really well, so just a great opportunity and again a lot of credit Carl and the other farmers in the group You

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