Albert Lea Seed

Seed Index 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 (equivalent to Robust)
  • Good option for underseeding 
  • Early maturing, good lodging resistance 
  • Semi smooth awn, long rachilla hairs 
  • Approved for malting

Haybet 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

Rasmusson Barley (Out of Stock)

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 of malting barley
  • 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, Developed for use as a companion crop with underseeded forages
  • Semi-dwarf variety; Competes less with under-seeded legumes & grasses
  • Low fiber and lignin improves digestibility and intake potential
  • Generally harvest for forage in the soft dough stage
  • Semi-smooth awn
  • Six-row barley, Not approved for malting

Lacey Barley (Out of Stock)

Grower Favorite

  • High yielding, Medium maturity
  • Higher yielding than Robust
  • Good lodging resistance
  • Semi-smooth awns, Short rachilla hairs
  • Six-row malting barley released by UMN

Quest Barley -NEW!

Elite 6-Row Barley

  • New elite 6-row malting barley released by the University of Minnesota
  • Excellent yields
  • Best fusarium head blight (scab) resistance
  • Outyields Robust by 20% in a 2-year trial at St. Paul
  • Medium maturity
  • Good disease tolerance
  • Good standability

Pinnacle Barley -NEW!

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 and fusarium head blight
  • Long rachilla hairs with smooth awns
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