The Life Cycle of Barley

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Barley is a plant belonging to the grass family. Barley is widely used to make cereals, beer, whiskey and ale. It is also used to feed farm animals. Barley proves itself a tolerant plant in its life cycle.


Barley seedlings are very hardy; they fare better than most other cereal grains. They do very well against weeds.

Geographic Range

Barley grows in more regions than any other cereal plant. The most common places to grow barley in the United States are North Dakota, Washington, Montana and Idaho.


Barley prefers mild winter climates that are cool and dry. It adapts easily to higher altitudes with short, cold winters.

Soil Condition

This grain does well in semi-arid conditions. It can tolerate alkaline soils but does not thrive nearly as well in acidic soils.


Barley matures at a quicker rate than most other cereal plants. The amount of days to maturation depends on the variety you choose. The grain is mature when the kernel moisture dips to about 40 percent. Barley will grow to 30 inches in height depending on the variety.


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