Straw Strength: Medium
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 maybe desirable for the ethanol industry.
For more information about Rawson and other two-rowed barley varieties visit contact the NDSU barley breeder or small grains agronomist at 701-231-7973.
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