Barley is gaining popularity in the Midwest for forage because it tends to be high in sugar and very soft with high digestibility. Barley also is very palatable. The downside with barley is it cannot take very wet areas or may winterkill. As a grain, barley is 10 days earlier than wheat. Great for a double crop.
McGregor is an early maturing, bearded winter variety that can be used for forage or grain. Very high yielding, it has excellent standability and disease resistance. Seed 10-14 days earlier than winter wheat. Seeding rate is 100 lbs per acre.