Barley is gaining popularity in the Midwest for forage because it tends to be high in sugar and very soft with high digestibility. Barley also is very palatable. The downside with barley is it cannot take very wet areas or may winterkill. As a grain, barley is 10 days earlier than wheat. Great for a double crop.

Robust Spring Barley

  • 6-rowed variety
  • Good for grain or forage
  • Taller plant for straw or hay

Zones: 1,2,3,4

Haybet Spring Barley

  • 2-rowed, hooded variety with white kernels
  • Late heading – best used for forage
  • High protein forage production per acre

Zones: 1,2,3,4

McGregor Barley

McGregor is an early maturing, bearded winter variety that can be used for forage or grain. Very high yielding, it has excellent standability and disease resistance. Seed 10-14 days earlier than winter wheat. Seeding rate is 100 lbs per acre.

McGregor Winter Barley

  • Bred in Wisc., over-winters well there
  • Early maturing, our best grain type
  • Excellent test weight
  • Good disease tolerance

Zones: 1,2,3,4