Welcome to MSU's Variety Selection Page!

Coming Soon! Variety Selection Tool!

This tool will allow you to review both agronomic and malting data of varieties we test in our Intrastate and Off-station trials, sorting by variety, location, year and more!

Montana Wheat & Barley - Breeding Program Reports

Montana wheat and barley growers support research via check off dollars. These funds are awarded via a grant process to research programs such as ours. Each year we submit reports detailing our varieatal trials as well as other aspects of our breeding program. 

To learn more about the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee check out their website here

Spring Reports:

2022 Spring Barley Report

2021 Spring Barley Report

2020 Spring Barley Report

2019 Spring Barley Report

2018 Spring Barley Report

Winter Reports: 

2022 Winter Barley Report

2021 Winter Barley Report

2020 Winter Barley Report

2019 Winter Barley Report

Off-Station Varietal Reports

History of the Off-Station Trials

For many years the MSU breeding program has utilized off-station trials to agronomically evaluate common regional varieties as well as elite lines nearing potential release from our program. The trials are grown on farmer managed land at locations all over Montana giving a real world assesment of variety performance. The data generated is an excellent tool for both our breeding program and producers of our region to assess what lines might be best suited for different environments. Recently, with the help of funding from the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, we have begun malting material from these trials as well. This malt data will help inform all those along the barley value chain grower to glass about varietal and environmental performance in our region. Check out the links below for more information!

2019 Off-Station Malt Report

2018 Off-Station Malt Report

Varietal Agronomic Performance Reports


printable .pdf for 2017 Variety Performance Report

Malt Variety Dictionary

In this section of the site we strive to offer useful information about malt varieties commonly grown in the region. We hope that this resource may be informative for those in the Craft industry including farmers, maltsters, brewers and distillers as they determine what variety or varieties would be best for their needs.