Winter Barley Cover Crop Plant

Winter Barley is one of the best annual species for reclaiming overworked and eroded land. It grows upright 1 ½’ – 3’ tall and has broad leaves.  These leaves make Winter Barley very water efficient and capable of handling lower fertility and light soils. Winter Barley is a high-quality grain forage source and provides erosion control, nutrient scavenging, soil conditioning, and soil building benefits. Winter Barley roots can go deep and are very good at supporting mycorrhizal fungi. Barley over-winters best if seeded in mid-September, and has high compatibility with other cover crop species. Not as winter hardy as Cereal Rye or Triticale, Winter Barley can tolerate sodic soils for reclamation.

Key Benefits

  • Excellent Erosion Reclamation

  • High-Quality Forage

  • Deep Roots

  • Mycorrhizal Fungi Host

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

Soybean

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 60 – 90
Broadcast: 75 – 100
Aerial: 90 – 120
Seeding Depth 0.75″ – 1.5″
Minimum Germination Temperature 38° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 14,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 60 – 90
Broadcast: 75 – 90
Aerial: 90 – 120
Seeding Depth 0.75″ – 1.5″
Min. Germ. F° 38° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 14,000