that produce kernels and lateral florets that are normally sterile. Barley may be stored in the bundle and fed to stock without threshing. Use barley as an overwintering cover crop for erosion control in Zone 8 and warmer, including much of California, western Oregon and western Washington. Its a fine choice for reclaiming overworked, weedy or eroded fields, or as part of a cover crop mix for improving soil tilth and nutrient cycling in perennial cropping systems in Hardiness Zone 8 or warmer. Be careful when planting barley with a drill because bearded varieties may cause planting tubes to clog. Pisum sativum ) can increase the amount of N absorbed by barley and returned to the soil in barley residue, other studies letter to Public Officials - Needing a Job show (215, 218).
The straw decomposes quickly and holds seed and soil well. 10" to 12" apart 40 -. Quick to establish, barley outcompetes weeds largely by absorbing soil moisture during its early growing stages. Despite their less dense canopy, six-rowed varieties tend to be taller and more competitive against weeds than two-rowed varieties. Comparative notes Barley tillers more than oats and also is more drought-tolerant, but oats generally perform better as a companion crop or winterkilled nurse crop because they are less competitive than barley ( 397 ). Saving seeds All varieties are out-crossing plants that are wind pollinated and will cross readily with one another. Maintaining, keep out weeds by weeding by hand for a small crop. Growing Guide, growing notes, barley grows best in cool ground-ideal temperatures hover right around freezing. Six-row barley has its spike notched on opposite sides, with three spikelets at each notch, each containing a small individual flower, or floret, that develops a kernel.
It is less winter-hardy than rye. Whereas six-row barley has a higher protein content and is more suited for animal feed, two-row barley has a higher sugar content and is thus more commonly used for malt production.