Dried yellow barley stalks with their seed heads drooping stand in the glowing sunlight. Photo: Akchamczuk / iStock.

Barley has been grown on and off at Brickendon for many years. Depending on price and the value of other crops, or returns from grazing, barley has always been a late spring option for Brickendon.

The grains can be used for malting (beer production) or for animal feed. Malting barley at times has been quite lucrative, especially since irrigation, with barley for feed price dependent on supplies in mainland Australia. Barley was kept on the farm as a drought reserve before irrigation fortunately solved that problem.

An ordinary stook of barley.
An ordinary stook of barley. (Source: The Book of the Farm Volume II, Henry Stephens)