Albert Lea Seed

Products Trial Data

Organic Barley

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

Organic Robust Barley

Widely Planted, Multi-Purpose

  • Taller variety with better straw yields than Rasmusson
  • A widely planted and very consistent variety
  • Good disease resistance and straw strength
  • Lower yields and higher protein than Rasmusson
  • Six-row barley approved for malting
  • Released by U of MN

Organic Conlon Barley

2-Row Malting Type


  • Specialty two-row malting barley
  • Competitive grain yields
  • Good option for underseeding alfalfa or other forages
  • Early maturing
  • Good standability and lodging resistnace
  • Moderate disease resistance
  • Semi-smooth awn, long rachilla hairs
  • Approved for malting

Organic Quest Barley

Elite 6-Row Barley

  • New 6-row malting barley released by the University of Minnesota
  • Similar yields to Lacey
  • Best Fusarium Head Blight (scab) resistance
  • Lower grain protein than Lacey or Robust
  • Medium maturity
  • Good disease tolerance
  • Semi-smooth awn, Long rachilla hairs
  • Recommended for malting by AMBA

Organic Pinnacle Barley (Out of Stock)

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

Organic ND-Genesis Barley (Out of Stock)

High Yielding Malting Barley

  • New high-yielding malting barley genetics 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 (MN, SD and into eastern US)
  • Good lodging resistance (better than Conlon)
  • Taller growing than Conlon and Pinnacle
  • Good leaf disease resistance
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