Winter Barley

Winter Barley is an upright, cool season annual grass known for its quick growth and low water use. Barley is often used on soils where reclamation and/or rapid soil recovery is the goal.

  • Drought-tolerant; low water use
  • Ideal for suppressing weeds when planted at heavier seeding rates
  • Captures excessive nutrients left from cash crops
  • Silage value resembles whole-plant corn silage
  • Reduces some pests in fruit and vegetable crops
  • Known suppression to root knot nematode
  • Fall forage option (best use – fall pasture, silage and hay)


  • Prefers pH 6.0 – 8.0
  • Inconsistent at overwintering versus other winter small grains
  • Avoid seeding in cold, damp soils