Robust 6-Row Spring Barley

  • Farm proven, dual-purpose variety for grain or forage
  • Medium tall height with good straw strength
  • Decent disease resistance
  • Higher grain protein vs. Quest
  • Released by U of MN
  • No PVP protection

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We supply barley varieties for any organic or non-GMO production system. Whether you need two-row, six-row, malting, feed, forage, or milling-specific varieties, we source the best-adapted public and private genetics to meet your production goals.

Robust 6-Row Spring Barley
Performance Table
VarietyTypeMaturityHeight (in)Straw StrengthUseAwns/Rachilla HairsProtein %Plump %Scab2022 YieldAvg. Yield 3-yr (bu)
Robust 6-Row Spring Barley6-Row SpringEarlyMedAvgFeed/ForageSemi-Smooth Short11.89379683.7
Organic Quest 6-row Spring Barley6-Row SpringEarlyMedAvgFeed/Forage/MaltSemi-Smooth Short13.393510288.2
Organic Robust 6-Row Barley6-Row SpringEarlyMedAvgFeed/ForageSemi-Smooth Short11.89379683.7
ND Genesis 2-Row Spring Barley2-Row SpringMedMedAvgFeed/Forage/MaltSemi-Smooth Long11.296510592.7
Organic ND Genesis 2-Row Spring Barley2-Row SpringMedMedAvgFeed/Forage/MaltSemi-Smooth Long11.296510592.7
Hays Forage Barley2-Row SpringLateMed-TallStrongForageAwnlessNANANANANA
Organic SB151 6-Row Winter Barley6-Row WinterEarlyMedStrongFeed/ForageSmoothIDIDIDIDID
Organic MN-Equinox 6-Row Winter Barley6-Row WinterEarlyMedBelow AvgFeedRough LongIDIDIDIDID
KWS Orbit 6-Row Winter Barley6-Row WinterMedTallVery StrongFeed/ForageAwnedIDID6IDID
LCS Violetta 2-Row Winter Barley2-Row WinterEarlyShortVery StrongFeed/MaltAwnedIDID292ID
LCS Calypso 2-Row Winter Barley2-Row WinterMedTallAvgFeed/MaltRough LongIDID2IDID

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Malting Barley Marketing Outlets

Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by Albert Lea Seed. Contact malting operations before planting barley to market.

Anheuser-Busch Contract For Change

ID (Organic)

Moorhead, MN (Malt Plant)

ID, MT, ND (Grain Elevators)

Proximity Malt

Colorado, Delaware, Wisconsin

Proximity Malt

John Anderson


Preferred Varieties: LCS Violetta, LCS Genie

Rahr Malting

Shakopee, MN

(952) 445-1431

Contact name: Ron Volpi

Contract Method: Pre-contract

Preferred Varieties: AAC Synergy, Pinnacle, Explorer, Lacey

Briess Malting

Chilton, WI

(920) 849-7711

Contact name: Joe Tulius

Contract Method: Pre-contract, spot market

Preferred Varieties: ACC Synergy, Pinnacle


Detroit Lakes, MN

(218) 844-6258

Contact name: Randy Peterson / Kaj Peterson

Contract Method: spot market

Preferred Varieties: ACC Synergy


Milwaukee, WI


Contract Method: Pre-contract, spot market

Preferred Varieties: Mayflower, Voyager

Vertical Malt

Crookston, MN


Contact name: Adam Wagner

Contract Method: does not purchase

Preferred Varieties: ND Genesis, ACC Synergy

Two Track Malting

Bismark, ND