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Small Grains Trials Begin with April Planting

Our Hudson Valley Grain Variety Research and Processing Trials were officially launched on April 25th with the planting of small test plots of twenty distinct spring barley and wheat varieties at the Farm Hub.

The four year project has been made possible through a partnership with Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, and is designed to provide Hudson Valley farmers with information they need to meet the emerging market demand for locally grown grains.  Over the course of the trials, additional winter and spring varieties will be added and successful varieties will be tested on larger scale plots.  These scaled-up plots will allow grains to be harvested in quantities large enough to apply in processing trials by millers and end-users such as bakers, brewers and distillers.   Stay tuned for more photos and updates as the project progresses!

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