Barley is an annual cereal that is often used in semiarid areas because it is more drought resistant than other cereals. Barley has a fibrous root system. The deepest roots are of seminal origin, whereas the upper soil is usually explored by adventitious roots. It has a slightly larger leaf area than other spring grains. Barley does not do well in humid areas where there are many disease problems. Overall, barley is a crop that is best adapted to cooler, drier areas. For best quality feed and good regrowth potential crops should be cut or grazed at 30-40 cm height. After each cut the crop should be fertilized to ensure good quality regrowth. Barley can be susceptible to crown rust. Risk of disease can be reduced by: sowing resistant varieties, sowing clean treated seed of good vigour, and not sowing out of season. Forage barley Tolerates poorer soils and lower temperatures better than wheat does. It is widely used as a livestock feed and sowing rates of 60kg/ha should not be exceeded.
Moby Forage Barley
Moby is an early maturing, 6 row, white seeded awnless barley with excellent winter growth and rapid establishment. Leaf size varies according to environmental conditions and is more comparable with oat varieties than traditional barley types. Moby will tolerate multiple grazings until the production of the first node. Being winter active, Moby offers an extended sowing window compared to forage oats from mid autumn to mid winter.
- Developed for high vegetative dry matter production
- Very fast establishing variety
- Exhibits good cold tolerance compared with other barleys
- Excellent winter growth