Barley, a member of the grass family, is a feed crop and cereal grain. In 2005, barley was the fourth-largest cereal crop in the world, according to the website TripAtlas.com. Barley has been used to make beer and bread since ancient Egypt and is considered a food staple worldwide. Barley straw can also be used to prevent algae in ponds and fountains when sprinkled or placed in the water.
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Find local feed stores and nurseries that sell cereal grain seed. Look in local business directories or online at websites such as AnimalFeedUSA.Info.
Read the barley seed label carefully. Anything, such as other seeds, that makes up more than 5 per cent of the weight of a barley seed variety must be listed on the label. Look for barley seeds with high levels of purity.
Look at the seed, if possible. The seeds should be of similar size and shape and free of any foul odour. The seed should smell slightly nutty.
Order barley seed online for delivery to your home or business. Examples of retail websites that sell barley include HoweSeeds.com and Amazon.com.
Store barley seed in a cool, dry place in an airtight container to protect it against pests and moisture.
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