Aquila Barley

Technical Summary

•  Aquila spring barley was developed at the Utah Agriculture Experiment Station and released in 2003. Plant Variety Protection was sought in 2006 and later issued as PV 200600040.

•  Aquila is a six-rowed spring feed barley. Its main characteristics are an early heading date, a low propensity for lodging, and a test-weight equal or superior to that of two-rowed cultivars. Aquila has a lax spike with limited overlapping of upper lateral spikelets. The peduncle is slightly curved. The awns are long, and of the fully rough type.

•  Aquila was developed for growing under irrigation in the intermountain region of the USA, but has shown good results in dryland farming areas.

•  Average heading date for Aquila is one day earlier than Steptoe and six days earlier than Baronesse.

•  Preliminary tests have shown Aquila to be susceptible to barley stripe rust.


Commercial Applications

•  Spring planted

•  July harvest

•  Irrigated and dryland

•  Intermountain region of U.S


Competitive Advantages

•  Early maturing

•  High test weight with a plump kernel

•  Good straw strength

•  Field resistant to barley loose smut and covered smut, but seed treatment is recommended for complete control


Patent Information:
Plant Varieties and Seeds
For Information, Contact:
Christian Iverson
Utah State University
Dominique Roche