Scientific Name: Hordeum vulgare
Life Cycle: Winter Annual
Growth Habit: Upright
Preferred Soil pH: 6.0-7.0 Min.
Germination Temp.: 38F
Upright winter annual that grows 1 1/2 – 3 feet tall. Has hollow jointed stems with narrow, tapered leaves. Leaves are broader than those of most other grasses. Flower spikes appear bearded because of their long awns. Winter barley requires vernalization to produce grain; spring types do not.
For more region specific information, each cover crop species can be found in the cover crop decision tool by name.
Barley: Managing Cover Crops Profitably (SARE Handbook Series Book 9) by Andy Clark (2007, 3rd ed.)