How to Buy Barley Seed

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How to Buy Barley Seed
Barley seed can be purchased in stores and online. (barley image by saied shahinkiya from

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 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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  1. 1

    Find local feed stores and nurseries that sell cereal grain seed. Look in local business directories or online at websites such as AnimalFeedUSA.Info.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Order barley seed online for delivery to your home or business. Examples of retail websites that sell barley include and

  5. 5

    Store barley seed in a cool, dry place in an airtight container to protect it against pests and moisture.

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