Spring Forage Barley – Lavina

$0.68 per lb.

Bulk Discount Pricing

2 - 9 lbs.
$0.61 / lb.
10 - 19 lbs.
$0.54 / lb.
20 - 29 lbs.
$0.47 / lb.
30 - 39 lbs.
$0.41 / lb.
40 - 49 lbs.
$0.34 / lb.
50+ lbs.
$0.27 / lb.

Barley has relatively low water usage compared to other cover crop species, especially during earlier growth stages. Under poor fertility conditions, barley would be a good choice and can help render P & K available for your next crop. Barley provides a good feed quality grain that can be harvested 2-3 weeks earlier than wheat which then allows your double crop/cover to be planted sooner. Compared to oats, barley produces more tillers and vegetation that will remain erect longer after termination. Carbohydrates known as monosaccharides are excrete through the roots to feed the soil biology and barley has been observed to release more monosaccharides than even alfalfa.

Basic Info

Maturity
June-July
Seeds/lb
15,000
C/N Ratio
Straw 80:1
Growth Habit
Upright
Winter Hardiness
Zone 8A

Use

For many producers this species would be best utilized as a forage crop since research consistently determine its ability to rival oats as the highest quality forage of all cereal crops. Historically barley was utilized as the cereal crop of choice as an emergence hay crop in times of drought. Also boosting the title for the most rapid fall biomass production of all cereal crops. Barley roots support flourishing mycorrhizal fungi colonies and would be a great choice for reclaiming overworked, poor, eroded soils.

Nitrogen Fixing Potential
Spring: March - April Fall: Aug. - Sept.
N Scavenge
3/4 - 2"
Dry Matter
38
Lasting Residue
Erosion Control
Traffic Bearing
5
Grazing Potential
50-100
Forage Harvest
60-100
Root Type
Possible
Soil Builder
Cash Crop Interseeding

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Advantages

Barley has relatively low water usage compared to other cover crop species, especially during earlier growth stages. Under poor fertility conditions, barley would be a good choice and can help render P & K available for your next crop. Barley provides a good feed quality grain that can be harvested 2-3 weeks earlier than wheat which then allows your double crop/cover to be planted sooner. Compared to oats, barley produces more tillers and vegetation that will remain erect longer after termination. Carbohydrates known as monosaccharides are excrete through the roots to feed the soil biology and barley has been observed to release more monosaccharides than even alfalfa.

Subsoiler
5
Surface Compaction
8
Rendering P & K
5
Traffic Bearing
5
Nematode Control
3
Disease Control
5
Allelopathic Effect
8
Weed Control
8
Short Growth Time
10

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Disadvantages

Spring barley won't consistently winterkill as easily as spring oats when planted in the fall. Disease and pests can be a moderate problem associated with barley crops and when used in rotation with other susceptible crop species. Disease is more of a problem in earlier plantings, cool wet soils or hot conditions with high humidity. In high N 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 N demanding crop terminate the barley before it reaches 9-12".

Weed Potential
3
Potential Insect/Nematode Risk
6
Crop Disease Risk
6
Effect Cash Crop
5
Ease of Establishment
1
Ease of Till-Kill
6
Ease of Chem-Kill
1
Ease of Mow-Kill
1

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Planting

Spring barley should be planted at least a month before your first historical hard frost to allow for sufficient biomass production. Young plants can commonly withstand winter temperatures dipping down to 17F. Barley can be planted at varying depths but shallower planting depths will speed emergence, which also reduces the risk of root rot. Disease carryover from wheat can be a concern with this species. Spring barley should be sown at 30lbs/A when utilized as a nurse crop for slower establishing species but oats is still the best species for this use.

Ideal Planting Time
Spring: March - AprilFall: Aug. - Sept.
Ideal Planting Depth
3/4 - 2"
Min Germination Temp(F)
38
Drilled Seeding Rate (lb./A)
50-100
Broadcast Seeding Rate (lb./A)
60-100
Reseeding Potential
Possible

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. Though cool, dry conditions in a well drained fertilize soil are ideal, barley has the ability to grow in a wide array of soil conditions. Soils that are poorly drained or have excessive moisture will really cause barley to suffer become more prone to disease issues. Fall planted spring barley will remain erect and green longer into the fall then spring oats by several weeks.

Heat
7
Drought
8
Shade
5
Wet Soil Tolerance
3
Low Fertility
9
pH
6.0-8.5

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent