(Hordeum vulgare); Heritage; 6-rowed; Hulled; Awned; a New York State Connection variety; Fall-planted
This beautiful 6-rowed winter barley was developed in 1961 by Neal F. Jensen of New York's Agricultural Experiment Station. Dutchess is a midseason to late maturing cultivar. Its kernels have the genetic tendency to accumulate anthocyanins in the aleurone layer immediately under the husk giving the grain a blue tint. Expression of this genetic trait is influenced by environmental conditions.
Dutchess is a feed barley with 15.5% protein and 5% beta glucan. Productive winter-hardy plants have short, strong, lodging resistant straw. It is resistant to mildew and scald but moderately susceptible to loose smut and leaf rust.