(Hordeum vulgare); 6-rowed; Hulled; Facultative - spring planted;
A widely grown cover crop barley, Robust is adapted to pearling, malting and use as a feed grain. Although not a heritage cultivar, we grow this 6-row barley as a reference to compare heirloom varieties to performance trails in agriculture reports. My go to variety for plump, hulled barley is Sardinian which is 2-row. If you desire 6-row, then consider Bere Barley.
When malted and used for brewing, the low beta-glucan levels, which leads to low wort viscosity and a well-draining mash bed. It was developed in 1983 by the Minnesota Agricultural Experimental Station by crossing Morex and Manker barley varieties. Developed as a facultative grain, we grow Robust as a spring-planted barley.
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