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Products Trial Data


Barley is an annual cereal grain used primarily for livestock feed and forage, and for malting. Barley grain has a similar nutrient profile to corn making it a valuable and versatile feed grain. Spring Barley is planted early in the spring and prefers well-drained, fertile soils for optimum production (avoid ground that had corn as the previous crop). We carry field-tested barley varieties that fit the diverse needs of producers.
Barley Agronomic Basics

Conlon Barley

Two Row Malting Barley

  • Specialty two-row malting barley 
  • Good grain yields, early maturing
  • Good option for underseeding 
  • Good lodging resistance 
  • Semi smooth awn, long rachilla hairs 
  • Recommended for malting by AMBA

Hays Barley

Maximum Forage Yield

  • Highest yielding forage barley; up to 3 tons/acre 
  • Very tall, great for baling or chopping 
  • Harvest at medium dough stage 
  • Not a good choice for underseeding 
  • Awnless variety; No rachilla hairs 
  • Two-row barley, Not approved for malting

Morex Barley

Economical Forage/Grain Choice

  • Good yielding six-row barley for chopping, bailing, or combining
  • Shorter variety with good standability
  • An excellent choice for under-seeding alfalfa
  • An economical choice for a high quality livestock feed

Rasmusson Barley

Maximum Grain Yield

  • Highest multi-year grain yield average (U of MN testing)
  • Good option for feed grain & underseeding forages
  • Shorter variety, Excellent standing 
  • Semi smooth awn, Short rachilla hairs
  • Six-row barley, Approved for Malting

Robust Barley

Widely Planted, Multi-Purpose

  • Farm-proven variety for grain or chopping
  • Consistent grain yields, Medium maturity
  • Taller plant type, Good choice for chopping or baling
  • Semi-smooth awn - Short rachilla hairs
  • Six-row barley, Approved for Malting

Royal Barley

Maximum Forage Quality

  • Excellent forage quality, lower tonnage
  • Developed as a forage variety and companion crop
  • Competes less with underseeded crops
  • Low in fiber and lignin improving digestibility and intake
  • Generally harvested for forage at soft dough stage
  • Six-row barley, Semi-smooth awn
  • Semi-dwarf variety, Not approved for malting

Quest Barley

Elite 6-Row Barley

  • New 6-row malting barley released by the University of Minnesota
  • Excellent yields, Medium maturity
  • Outyields Robust by 20% in a 2-year trial at St. Paul
  • Good standability and disease tolerance
  • Best Fusarium Head Blight (scab) resistance
  • Semi-smooth awn, Long rachilla hairs
  • Recommended for malting by AMBA

Pinnacle Barley

2-row Malting Favorite

  • New 2-row malting barley released by NDSU
  • Consistently yields 15% more than Conlon with lower protein and plumper grains
  • Excellent marketability for malting
  • Stands better than Conlon, medium-height barley
  • Matures about 3 days later than Conlon (medium-late maturity)
  • Better disease resistance than Conlon to spot blotch
  • Long rachilla hairs with smooth awns
  • Recommended for malting by AMBA

ND Genesis Barley

New Malting Barley Genetics

  • High-yielding malting barley out of NDSU
  • Higher yields on average than Pinnacle with better malting quality
  • Large kernel size and low protein make this a good fit for hotter climates
  • Good lodging resistance (better than Conlon)
  • Taller growing than Conlon and Pinnacle
  • Good leaf disease resistance
  • Requires license agreement before shipment

Tinka Barley

High Yielding European 2-row Barley


  • European 2-Row malting barley from KWS
  • 2nd highest yielding barley in Cornell trials, outyielding Lacey, Pinnacle, Genesis, Quest and 27 other varieties
  • Our seed grower got over 80 bu/acre (field average)
  • Above average tolerance to FHB
  • Medium height, medium maturity
  • Requires signed license agreement on file before shipment
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