Vaquero Barley

  • Two-row beardless* spring forage type
  • Very stable, resists lodging
  • Excellent forage tonnage
  • 3-6 inches taller than Stockford
  • Not available for online purchase.
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Vaquero Barley is a two-row spring forage barley developed by WestBred. Selected based on standability, tillering, and grain plumpness. It is a tall hooded barley with excellent forage tonnage. Vaquero is 3-6 inches taller than Stockford with better standability and higher TDN and RFV. Very stable and uniform in appearance and performance. Vaquero was advanced through the standard pedigree breeding method.

*Vaquero may contain a variant with a beard expression at frequencies up to 4/10,000 plants (.04%).

Identifying Characteristics:

Growth Habit:Spring
Spike:2 Row
Coleoptile Color:Green
Juvenile growth Habit:Erect
Plant Tillering:High
Leaf Color at Boot:Dark Green
Flag Leaf at Boot:Recurved, Not-Twisted, Not Waxy
Pubescence on Leaf Blade:No
Pubescence on Leaf Sheath:No
Auricle Color:White
Heading Date:81.5 days
Stem Color:White
Neck Shape:Straight
Collar Shape:Closed
Spike Exsertion:Full
Plant Height (cm):116
Spike Shape:Tapering
Spike Density:Mid-Dense
Spike Position at Maturity:Inclined
Hairiness of Rachis Edge:Covered
Rachilla Hair Length:Short
Lemma Awns:Sessile Hoods
Length of Lemma Awns:n/a
Lemma Awn Surface:n/a
Glume Hairiness:Middle Only
Glume/Awn Surface:Rough
Glume/Lemma Aherence:Covered
Texture (if covered):Semi-wrinkled
Aleruone Color: Colorless
Avg 1,000 Kernel wt (g):44

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Vaquero Barley Highland Specialty Grains Brochure

PDF version Highland Specialty Grains

Barley Breeder: Michael McKay
Marketing Director: Brett Despain

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(Hordeum vulgare)


Barley NRCS Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide & Fact Sheet

Citation: Jacobs, A.A. 2016. Plant guide for common barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service,
Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center. Coffeeville, Mississippi.

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Beards, Dwarf Beards and Awnlettes

Making Sense of Grain Beards

What is the difference between “bearded” and “dwarf beard” and “beardless” varieties? How do I choose the one best for me?

The table below will help you visualize the different characteristics of each variety, if they have beards (or not) and why it matters. See our BEARDED GRAINS blog post for additional information.

SpeciesVarietyPlanting SeasonBeard ExpressionComments
OatOtanaSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatMonidaSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatIntimidatorSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatMonicoSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatMagnumSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatEverleaf™ Falcon OatSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatEverleaf™ 126 OatSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
BarleyVaqueroSpringBeardlessMay express a beard up to 4/10,000 plants (.04%)
BarleySunstar DoubleSpringBeardedBearded forage barley
BarleyClaymoreSpringBeardedBearded forage barley
BarleyHaymakerSpringBeardlessForage barley
BarleyLavinaSpringBeardlessForage barley
BarleyGoldeneyeSpringBeardedGrain barley
BarleySunstar PrideFallBeardedFall forage barley
BarleyValorFallBeardlessFall forage barley
BarleyBaldwinFallAwnlettedBeard expression if planted after October 15
TriticaleMerlin Max™FacultativeBeardlessForage triticale
TriticaleGunner™FacultativeBeardlessForage triticale
Triticale131FallBeardlessForage triticale
Triticale 141 SpringAwnletted141 was used facultatively at high elevations
TriticaleLuomaFallAwnlettedForage triticale
TriticaleFlex 719™FacultativeAwnlettedForage triticale
TriticaleFX 1001FallNearly BeardlessFX 1001 may have up to 3% beard expression
TriticaleMotley™FacultativeNearly BeardlessForage triticale
WheatJeffersonSpringBeardedHard red grain wheat for milling
WheatTwinSpringBeardlessSoft white forage wheat
WheatBrundageFallBeardlessSoft white forage wheat
WheatRayFallBeardlessHard Red forage or milling wheat
WheatWillow CreekFallBeardlessHard Red forage or milling wheat
RyeRymin or VNS FacultativeBeardedCereal forage rye
PeasAustrian Winter PeasFacultativeBeardlessPeas do not have a beard
Grain MixtureFall Forage BlendFallBeardlessMay contain awnletted varieties
Grain MixtureProsper 3 Grain Forage MixtureSpringBeardlessForage mixture
Grain MixtureProsper Plus with PeasSpringBeardlessProsper with forage peas added

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Vaquero Barley
  • Hordeum vulgare

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