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2-Rowed Barley

These barley cultivars are classified as 2-rowed and are considered best for malting and brewing.


So what's in a row?

Barley heads are known as spikes. Each spike consists of a series of spikelets along a central stem known as a rachis. A kernel of barley develops inside a floret which is inside a spikelet. Spikelets are attached in sets of three to a node in an alternating pattern on the central rachis. In two-rowed barley, only the florets of each central spikelet develop into kernels, leading to the formation of just two rows of kernels per spike. Every floret in six-rowed barley develops into a kernel to create six rows of kernels.