Barley is a type of cereal grain plant. It can be ground into flour and used for many food and drink products for humans. Grocery stores usually sell barley in two forms: unhulled and pearled.
Barley is a cereal crop that grows well in the black and dark brown soil zones of Saskatchewan.
This graph shows the major soil zones across the Prairies.
Barley should be seeded early to help improve protein levels and overall quality of the grain. The soil will have more moisture the earlier you can seed the crop. During the summer, the field is sprayed if needed for weeds, insects, and pests.
This green, unripe barley crop still needs to grow longer before the farmer can harvest it.
During harvest, the farmers are able to swath the field into rows for the combine to pick it up, or straight cut combine (where the swathing and combining are done at the same time).
This barley crop is turning a yellow colour and is nearly ready for harvest.