Is that barley stubble in GriggsDakota?
Yes, but the barley is laying on the ground. We are swathing.
We have barley that needs to dry for a day or two before we combine it.
The all heads face the same direction as the swather cuts and neatly folds the barley into swaths.
In the absence of a self-propelled swather, Farmer Fred back swaths the opening round. That means he goes around the field counter-clockwise. He does this so that he can cut all the way to the edge of the field.
Barley used to be raised for feed, but now the goal is malting quality barley. If it does not make the malting standards, it will then be sold as feed barley at a much lower price.
Barley that is used for making malt must be able to sprout in the malting process.
Sprouting in the swath would kill the kernels, so we watch the weather forecast carefully and hope for the best. Rain on barley swaths would greatly reduce the chances of making the standards for malting.
Malted barley is the main ingredient in brewing beer.
Barley harvest has begun in GriggsDakota.