Spring Barley

Meg’s Song is a two-row, hulless, spring food barley developed by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University. Meg’s Song is named in honor of Meg Gollnick for her dedication to and work in agricultural research, and for her love of cooking and baking with flavorful and nutritious grains.

Meg’s Song, developed specifically for human consumption, contains 70 to 100% higher β-glucan (a heart-healthy dietary fiber) than common Washington grown varieties. Meg’s Song is a high-yielding waxy barley, with excellent tolerance to lodging, high test weight and protein, and unique culinary characteristics.

Agronomics & Quality for Hulless Food Market Class

  • Yield Potential is Excellent
  • Test Weight is Excellent
  • Protein is High
  • Height is Medium
  • Maturity is Medium
  • Standability is Strong
  • Starch is Waxy

Two-Year WSU Variety Testing Data 2018-2019

Annual PrecipitationVarietyBeta Glucan* (%)Yield (BU/A)Test WT (LBS/BU)Protein (%)
16″-20″Meg's Song7.0391058.613.4
16″-20″LCS Vespa4.3485053.011.4
16″-20″CDC Copeland4.0445251.011.0
16″-20″C.V. %NA81.24.8
16″-20″LSD (0.05)NA2050.40.3
> 20″Meg's Song7.3437357.612.4
> 20″Havener6.5430858.411.3
> 20″Lyon4.5522851.710.0
> 20″Survivor4.0484152.410.7
> 20″Lenetah4.2531142.79.8
> 20″LCS Vespa4.2499550.810.4
> 20″Muir4.0529352.59.9
> 20″CDC Copeland3.9489750.310.3
> 20″Champion3.6511053.310.0
> 20″C.V. %NA92.05.1
> 20″LSD (0.05)NA2650.60.3

16″ – 20″ Precip Zone (Dayton, Mayview, St. John, Walla) 2018-2019, 8 loc/years.

>20″ Precip Zone (Fairfield, Farmington, Palouse, Pullman) 2014-2019, 8 loc/years.

*Betaglucan- 16-20″ Precip Zone (Dayton, Mayview)

>20″ Precip Zone (Fairfield, Palouse, Pullman)


For seed inquiries please call Washington Genetics at 509-659-4020 or contact your local seed dealer.

Signed grower agreements are required.

View WSU Variety Meg’s Song in pdf format (pdf).

Dryland Grain Production Area

Meg's Song WSU Variety production area