'Rawson' Two-Rowed Barley (RFP-127)
'Rawson' was developed by the NDSU Barley Breeding Program and released by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station in 2005. 'Rawson' is a two-rowed barley variety with very large kernels (15-20 percent larger than 'Conlon'). The direct parentage of 'Rawson' includes three NDSU experimental barley lines. Over several years of yield testing, 'Rawson' has shown slightly higher yield than 'Conlon', lower leaf spot scores, and lower lodging scores. Despite having slightly stronger straw than 'Conlon', 'Rawson' seems to be more adversely affected by severe lodging than 'Conlon' and other two-rowed varieties. 'Rawson' has a longer grain-fill period than other two-rowed varieties, and consequently, yield losses under severe lodging conditions can be greater in 'Rawson' than other two-rowed varieties like 'Conlon'. 'Rawson' is named for the small west-central North Dakota town of 'Rawson'.
Production of 'Rawson' may be best suited for central and western North Dakota due to lodging concerns in the east. The large kernels of 'Rawson' tend to have a loose hull, a characteristic that will likely eliminate it from consideration for use in the malting and brewing industry. The kernels of 'Rawson' have a relatively high starch content which may be desirable for the ethanol industry. For more information about 'Rawson' and other two-rowed barley varieties, contact the NDSU barley breeder or small grains agronomist at 701-231-7973.
This variety has been exclusively licensed by the ND Crop Improvement and Seed Association. Additional information about growing this variety can be found at https://www.ndcropimprovement.com/seed/.
To ensure genetic purity, 'Rawson' is protected under PVPA Title V (certificate no. 200800160) and must be sold as a class of certified seed.
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