Department of Agronomy
1. Barley ranks fourth in total production among the cereal crops in South Dakota.
2. Experiments upon which statements in this bulletin are based were conducted at the state college experiment farms at Brookings, Cottonwood, Eureka and Highmore and the U. S. Department of Agriculture experiment farm at Newell.
3. In general, barley has proved to be the highest producing small grain crop, though there have been some notable exceptions.
4. No advantage has been found in growing barley in mixtures with oats or emmer.
5. Odessa S. D. 182 gives good results in all parts of the state where tried and is recommended as the general purpose barley for the state as a whole. Other varieties are recommended for special conditions.
6. Using the best seed obtainable is good practice. Poor seed means poor stands and low yields.
7. Rust, smut, ergot, stripe disease and blight are among the important barley diseases. Control measures include early seeding, seed disinfection and grading and the rotation of crops.
8. Barley responds readily to good rotation methods.
9. The seed bed for barley should be firm with a shallow mulch at the surface.
10. Early seeding is very important. Six pecks per acre is generally the best rate of seeding. The proper depth of seeding is about 2 inches. Seeding with a drill is recommended.
11. Barley can be grown as· a cultivated crop to good advantage in sections where corn is not a highly profitable crop.
12. Careful shocking and stacking is strongly recommended in order to secure grain of good market quality.
small grains, barley, grain crops
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Champlin, Manley; Morrison, J.D.; and Martin, J., "Barley Culture in South Dakota" (1919). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 183.