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Kraken Forage Barley


Hordeum vulgare

Winter forage production and hay

2 row, awnless forage barley

  • White seeded, awnless
  • Early vigour and excellent winter growth
  • Better disease resistance and slightly later than Moby
  • Extended season of production compared with Moby
  • Sow late and graze early
  • Fast to establish, very quick feed grown on farm and excellent hay option
Seed Agronomy Table
Maturity Early
Seeding Rate - Dryland (kg/ha) 30 - 50
Seeding Rate - High Rainfall/Irrigation (kg/ha) 50 - 80
Hard Seed Level 1 = Least Hard 10 = Most Hard • Burr Burial Strength 1 = Very Weak 10 = Very Strong
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  • XtraLeaf®


  • Fast establishing autumn-winter growing fodder crop with high feeding value
  • Exceptional production even in the middle of winter
  • Targeted to fill traditional feed gap periods during winter


  • Early planting susceptible to heat stress and leading to early grain development

Plant Description
  • Tufted annual grows to nearly 2 metres tall.

  • Up to 1500 millimetres, hollow except at the nodes. Hairless.

  • Emerging leaf rolled in the bud.

  • Spike, up to 150 millimetres long. Does not break up at maturity. 6 rowed Barley (Hordeum vulgare var.hexastichon) has 6 rows of seeds making the head almost cylindrical large pendulous spikelet, 15 to 30 millimetres long; 2 to 3 florets.

  • Approximately equal to 25,000 per kilogram.

  • Short, membranous, translucent.

  • Large, clasping and encircling the stem.

  • Prominent and lighter than the leaves. Hairless or with a few scattered hairs

Pasture Type and Use

Sown from autumn to late winter for quick production. Offers quick recovery from grazing in most enterprises can offer up to 5 to 6 grazings over season. Multi use in forage grazing systems to export hay markets with awnless varieties such as Moby. Often used to provide weed control and soil preparation prior to renovating with perennial pasture.


Greater than 350 millimetres.


Well drained. Tolerates a broad pH range.


Avoid sowing when soil temperature less than 22°C.

  • Clovers, peas, vetch, medics.

  • 24 to 50 kilograms per hectare.

  • Sow into a cultivated seedbed to a depth of 35 to 70 millimetres at 60 to 120 kilograms per hectare depending on soil type/region and expected rainfall.

  • Sow early Autumn. Can be sown dry (sow less than 50 millimetres).

  • Sow with 10 kilograms P per hectare. If using MAP/DAP sow separately from the seed.

  • 35 to 70 kilograms N per hectare, ensure P, K, S, Zn are adequate.

  • Graze once they pass the twist and pull test. This usually occurs at the 3 leaf stage when plants are anchored and have grown secondary roots. Where yield is high it is usually strip-grazed by dairy cattle along a long front - to minimize trampling losses. A back fence may maximise regrowth.

  • Regenerates from self-sown seed.

  • Dropped seed may see plants regenerate for a season or two.

  • Cereal cyst nematode, redlegged earth mite, snails, cutworms, webworm, lucerne flea, army worm, Bruobia mite, wingless grasshoppers and Australian plague locust.

  • Powdery mildew, Leaf scald, Net blotch.

  • Glyphosate.

Animal Production
  • Winter feed typically 75 per cent digestibility, 7 to 8 per cent crude protein.

  • Readily acceptable.

  • Up to 7 tonne dry matter per hectare by spring where moisture is available and soil fertility is good.

  • Young plants can accumulate a high level of nitrates and lead to nitrite poisoning, especially in cattle. Slow growth, hot, dry conditions or frost/hail damage can elevate nitrate level.

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