Researcher Touts Barley's Uses

Washington and Oregon farmers west of the Cascade Mountains should consider growing barley, Oregon State University professor Patrick Hayes says.

Hayes compared barley with wheat: similar tonnage per acre, similar price, 20 percent less nitrogen input, 20 percent shorter growth cycle, and it's harvested with the same machinery -- "but be ready for awns," he said.

Awns are the inedible spikelets protruding from the head of the grain. Removing them from the grain requires extra friction.

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