Barley Culture in the Southern States




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National Agricultural Library


Barley, although it ranks fourth among the cereals in the United States, is but little cultivated in the South for grain.

As a true awnless barley has been developed the word "hooded" is proposed for the beardless barleys now grown.

The Tennessee Winter variety is the most profitable barley to grow in the South.

Winter hooded and spring hooded barleys are grown in only a few localities in the South.

The best soils for barley, either for grain or hay, are the fertile loams and clays.

Barley requires nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and potash to perfect the grain crop. The first, which is high priced, can be largely supplied by plowing under clover and cowpeas. This leaves only the cheaper fertilizers to be purchased.

Liming the soil has proved beneficial to barley.

Seed should be carefully selected before seeding to insure a good stand. The skimming process, when properly done, gives excellent results. Seed can be treated for smut in this operation.

The seed bed must be well prepared.

Barley will succeed best after a cultivated crop.

The time of seeding barley is regulated by the locality and elevation. A safe rule in the South is to sow winter barley before sowing winter wheat.

Spring barley to succeed in the South must be sown as early as possible.


Barley Culture in the Southern States