The lowdown: The American Malting Barley Association board of directors has added Puffin to the recommended list of malting barley varieties. A two-row variety, it was released in 1987 by The Miln Marsters Group in the UK, but has drawn the interest of American farmers.
Our take: Ohio State University barley breeder Eric Stockinger has been tested extensively in Ohio and it performs well. “It is early, lodging-resistant, and one of the highest-yielding lines in Ohio,” he says. It has proven to be hardier than Charles and Endeavor varieties.