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Old 08-31-2011, 01:26 AM
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Default Burbank hulless barley seed

I just ran across info on Burbank barley and am trying to find seed for it. Does anyone have an extra bushel they'd care to part with or know of anyplace that might have it for sale? So far all I've found is one place that is selling by the ounce, and they don't have that many ounces for sale. I need to have it planted by about the 15th of September in this area, so it's kind of last minute.

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It's raining and I'm catching up on reading. I am a bit late, but did you find any seed? Can you tell a bit more about it? It is a crop you plant in fall to harvest in summer II take it? I would like to get some naked oat seeds. Do you use the barley for feed or are you making beer? Just curious.
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Well, sort of. I found one place that was selling it by the packet at premium prices. Consequently, I now have enough seed to plant an area approximately 2' x 2' (250 seeds) and it cost $42.00 If everything works out, I hope to increase that to have enough to plant a viable crop in about 3-4 seasons. We've not taste tested any of the seed (not at that price!) but it is a pretty looking little grain. I'm anxious to see what it does.

I'm planting it in the spring, as my area is a bit cold in the winter for a reliable fall barley crop, although this winter has been so warm I 'spect it would have been fine. I like barley as livestock feed, but more than anything we were looking for a hulless variety for our own consumption. We use barley quite a bit as a replacement for rice. It's an acquired taste, but we like it. Must have something to do with my Scottish lineage. Not much on beer though.

This variety caught my attention because of its yield potential and higher protein content. When it was developed in the 1920's, they were recording 140+ bu/ac yields and testing 12.5-14% protein. If I can get half that yield, it will still outperform soft wheat by 50% and the protein yield per acre should improve by about 85%, if I calculated it correctly.

You mention naked oats, I plan to try that again this year. I've grown them twice before, but the blackbirds always set in on them just a few days before they're ready to run and can literally strip an acre bare in less than a week. It makes a great crop though, if you can beat the birds to it.
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