My AdvancingAG Adventure

At the three month mark in the AdvancingAg program, I am off to a great start learning about brewing and malting. During the Alberta Open Farm Days weekend on August 26th, I toured the Crop Development Centre (CDC) in Lacombe, as well as Red Shed Malting in Penhold. Both visits provided plenty of information on the malting side of things. At the CDC, I met with the head of research and barley breeder, Flavio Capettini. He explained the general process for breeding malt barley varieties, and some desirable characteristics they look for when evaluating potential varieties. I learned that it takes about 14 years for a variety to enter the breeding program to the time it is available for farmers

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