Atlantic Barley is a hulled, six-row winter barley released from the Virginia Tech small grains breeding program. Atlantic Barley was bred as a replacement for Thoroughbred Barley, a popular variety that has high yield potential but has also provided some disappointment primarily due to Thoroughbred’s limited disease resistance, especially to powdery mildew, barley scald and spot blotch. Atlantic has much better resistance to these and is a potential commodity for fuel ethanol and feed/food grain production. In test trials, Atlantic averaged 131 bu./acre high yields and has an average heading date about six days earlier than Thoroughbred.
Atlantic Barley provides producers and end users in the Eastern United States with a widely adapted, early maturing (heading), high-yielding, winter cultivar having superior grain quality and higher resistance to disease. Atlantic Barley is short in stature with the average plant height at 33”.
Seeding rate: 100-125lbs/acre
Seed Depth: ¾ to 1 inch
Planting time: Fall/Winter
Barley is an Annual