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Spring barley

Hordeum vulgare
HOW TO GROW BARLEY

SOWING
Spring barley should be planted at least a month before your first historical hard frost to allow for sufficient establishment. Prefers cool, dry conditions in a well drained fertilize soil are ideal. Young plants can commonly withstand winter temperatures to 17˚F. Barley can be planted at varying depths but shallower planting depths will speed emergence, which also reduces the risk of root rot. Prefers well drained soils to prevent disease.

MANAGEMENT
Spring barley won't consistently winter kill as easily as spring oats when planted in the fall. In high nitrogen conditions, lodging can be a serious concern if growing the barley for grain production. Be sure to kill barley 10-14 days before planting a crop or when planting a high nitrogen demanding crop terminate the barley before it reaches 9-12". Disease carryover from wheat can be a concern with this species.

ADAPTATION
While claims are often made about the wide adaptability of various cereal crops, barley may well be the champion. Spring barley germinates at 34–36 (1–2˚C)˚F and wheat development is promoted at 38–46˚F (3–8˚C). Barley succeeds further north than most other cereal crops in Norway at latitude 70° N and at higher altitudes, it is a staple crop in Tibet. It is not frost tender. flowers from June to August. Barley grain is a staple in Tibetan cuisine and was eaten widely by peasants in Medieval Europe.

TOLERANCE
Barley has the highest salinity and high pH tolerance of all cereal crops. Barley is much better utilized in basic soils than other cereal crops but will suffer in soils with a pH lower than 6.0.

SHIPPING COST
25-lb., 50-lb. and larger sizes ship via ground transportation. We will email you shipping cost separately based on the total weight, your zone and palleting. Ground transportation costs require separate payment.

LEARN MORE
SARE and Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition.

Soil pH 6.0–8.5. Hardiness zones 4–8. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 14,000–15,000 seeds per pound. Sow average of 50–100 lbs per acre, sow 30 lbs per acre as a nurse crop for slower establishing species, 2–3 lb per 1000 square feet. Organic systems should plant 1/3 to 1/2 heavier to allow for some weed pressures. Usual seed life: 2–3 years.

Planting Depth 3/4” to 2”
Soil Temp. Germ. 38–68˚F
Days to Germ. 2–4
Plant Spacing 6–9.5”
Row Spacing 6–10”
Days To Maturity 60–90
Full Sun, Dry Climate

Spring Seed Count
1 Pound ≈ 14,520 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 72,598 seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 363m seeds
50 Pounds ≈ 726m seeds
100 Pounds ≈ 1,452m seeds
  • Spring barley image##Photo: Graham Horn##

    Photo: Graham Horn

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  • 1 Pound$8.34
  • 5 Pounds$14.20
  • 25 Pounds$55.47
  • 50 Pounds$88.75
  • 100 Pounds$221.88

Grown as a high quality cerial forage crop similar to oats and fall biomass production. Fall planted spring barley will remain erect and green longer into the fall then spring oats by several weeks. Good feed seed crop for shorter growing seasons, harvested 2–3 week earlier than wheat, or allow your cover success...

Grown as a high quality cerial forage crop similar to oats and fall biomass production. Fall planted spring barley will remain erect and green longer into the fall then spring oats by several weeks. Good feed seed crop for shorter growing seasons, harvested 2–3 week earlier than wheat, or allow your cover succession crop to be planted sooner. Also used as cereal crop during drought due to is low water use compared other cover crops during early growth stages. Barley is a good restoration cover crop for overworked, poor, eroded soils, its roots support thriving mycorrhizal fungi. Grows to 18–24”. Because of an alkaloid chemical it produces, barley is actually a pest suppressor, reducing the numbers of aphids, root-knot nematodes, leafhoppers, and armyworms.

Our variety is Hays. Hays is a two-rowed barley developed by Montana State University and released and in 2003 as hay barley.  Hays is a hooded barley from a cross of Haybet/Baronesse made in 1993. Hays was tested in grain and forage trials from 1998 to 2004 as MT981060. Forage yields were similar to Haybet and higher than Westford over 17 forage trials. Grain yields were higher than Haybet and similar to Harrington while test weights have been similar to Haybet. Hays is approximately three inches shorter and two days later in heading than Haybet.

Tags: Color: Green, Specialty: Cover Crop, Specialty: Drought Tolerant, Season: Summer.

The wild ancestor of domesticated barley, Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum, is abundant in grasslands and woodlands throughout the Fertile Crescent area of Western Asia and northeast Africa.
Learn More
  • Spring barley image##Photo: Graham Horn##

    Photo: Graham Horn

    📷

Spring barley

Hordeum vulgare

Grown as a high quality cerial forage crop similar to oats and fall biomass production. Fall planted spring barley will remain erect and green longer into the fall then spring oats by several weeks. Good feed seed crop for shorter growing seasons, harvested ...

Grown as a high quality cerial forage crop similar to oats and fall biomass production. Fall planted spring barley will remain erect and green longer into the fall then spring oats by several weeks. Good feed seed crop for shorter growing seasons, harvested 2–3 week earlier than wheat, or allow your cover succession crop to be planted sooner. Also used as cereal crop during drought due to is low water use compared other cover crops during early growth stages. Barley is a good restoration cover crop for overworked, poor, eroded soils, its roots support thriving mycorrhizal fungi. Grows to 18–24”. Because of an alkaloid chemical it produces, barley is actually a pest suppressor, reducing the numbers of aphids, root-knot nematodes, leafhoppers, and armyworms.

Our variety is Hays. Hays is a two-rowed barley developed by Montana State University and released and in 2003 as hay barley.  Hays is a hooded barley from a cross of Haybet/Baronesse made in 1993. Hays was tested in grain and forage trials from 1998 to 2004 as MT981060. Forage yields were similar to Haybet and higher than Westford over 17 forage trials. Grain yields were higher than Haybet and similar to Harrington while test weights have been similar to Haybet. Hays is approximately three inches shorter and two days later in heading than Haybet.

Tags: Color: Green, Specialty: Cover Crop, Specialty: Drought Tolerant, Season: Summer.

The wild ancestor of domesticated barley, Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum, is abundant in grasslands and woodlands throughout the Fertile Crescent area of Western Asia and northeast Africa.
Learn More
HOW TO GROW BARLEY

SOWING
Spring barley should be planted at least a month before your first historical hard frost to allow for sufficient establishment. Prefers cool, dry conditions in a well drained fertilize soil are ideal. Young plants can commonly withstand winter temperatures to 17˚F. Barley can be planted at varying depths but shallower planting depths will speed emergence, which also reduces the risk of root rot. Prefers well drained soils to prevent disease.

MANAGEMENT
Spring barley won't consistently winter kill as easily as spring oats when planted in the fall. In high nitrogen conditions, lodging can be a serious concern if growing the barley for grain production. Be sure to kill barley 10-14 days before planting a crop or when planting a high nitrogen demanding crop terminate the barley before it reaches 9-12". Disease carryover from wheat can be a concern with this species.

ADAPTATION
While claims are often made about the wide adaptability of various cereal crops, barley may well be the champion. Spring barley germinates at 34–36 (1–2˚C)˚F and wheat development is promoted at 38–46˚F (3–8˚C). Barley succeeds further north than most other cereal crops in Norway at latitude 70° N and at higher altitudes, it is a staple crop in Tibet. It is not frost tender. flowers from June to August. Barley grain is a staple in Tibetan cuisine and was eaten widely by peasants in Medieval Europe.

TOLERANCE
Barley has the highest salinity and high pH tolerance of all cereal crops. Barley is much better utilized in basic soils than other cereal crops but will suffer in soils with a pH lower than 6.0.

SHIPPING COST
25-lb., 50-lb. and larger sizes ship via ground transportation. We will email you shipping cost separately based on the total weight, your zone and palleting. Ground transportation costs require separate payment.

LEARN MORE
SARE and Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition.

Soil pH 6.0–8.5. Hardiness zones 4–8. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 14,000–15,000 seeds per pound. Sow average of 50–100 lbs per acre, sow 30 lbs per acre as a nurse crop for slower establishing species, 2–3 lb per 1000 square feet. Organic systems should plant 1/3 to 1/2 heavier to allow for some weed pressures. Usual seed life: 2–3 years.

Planting Depth 3/4” to 2”
Soil Temp. Germ. 38–68˚F
Days to Germ. 2–4
Plant Spacing 6–9.5”
Row Spacing 6–10”
Days To Maturity 60–90
Full Sun, Dry Climate

Spring Seed Count
1 Pound ≈ 14,520 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 72,598 seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 363m seeds
50 Pounds ≈ 726m seeds
100 Pounds ≈ 1,452m seeds
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