California had a long history of growing malting barley and hops before and after prohibition. The recent growth of the craft brewing industry in California has spurred a renewed interest in malting barley in the state. Malting barley is a robust grain that has relatively low water and fertilizer requirements, making it a sustainable option for various crop rotations. However, grain quality requirements are narrower for this crop than other small grain options in California.
Agronomy Fact Sheets
Malting Barley Variety Selection
Regional Variety Summaries
Fall Planted Rainfed (PDF | Excel)
For a broader set of small grain variety information visit our Variety Selection page.
Seeding Rate Calculator
The University of California Small Grain Seeding Rate Calculator is a tool that helps determine seeding rates depending on the planting conditions and the average seed weights of different small grain varieties.
Nitrogen Management for California Malting Barley
Web Resources for Small Grain Variety Selection
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