Winter barley is one of the best annual species for reclaiming overworked and eroded land. It grows upright 1.5-3 feet tall and has broad leaves. Winter barley is very water efficient and capable of handling lower fertility and light soil. Winter barley is a high-quality grain forage source and provides erosion control, nutrient scavenging, soil conditioning, and building organic matter. Winter barley roots can go deep and are very good at supporting mycorrhizal fungi.