Crop TypeCool Season Grass
Seeds / Lb13,000
Minimum Germination Temperature38F

While being inexpensive and easy to grow, barley is great option for those looking to provide erosion control, weed suppression and some spring grazing if desired. Barley also makes a great option for cycling nutrients, having been shown to scavenge 32# of N in one California study. In another study, barley was documented making P and K more available if residue is left in the field. As with other small grains, barley can have nitrate issues, especially in years of drought.

Nitrogen Scavenger4
Soil Builder4
Prevent Erosion5
Weed Suppression4
Quick Growth4
Lasting Residue5
Make P and K Available3
Loosen Topsoil4
Suppress Disease3
Attract Beneficial Insects3

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent