Barley - our oldest crop

August 8, 2017

It is summer on the south coast of Skåne, Sydkusten. The grain fields are moving in the wind. What type of grain is the one that looks so soft, like a gentle brush? Barley! It used to be one of our most important crops, and was used for porridge, bread, malted beverages and animal feed.  However, with the rise of wheat the barley crops declined. Today, barley is our second most important cereal and comprises about 1/3 of the total area used for growing grains.  It is mainly used as animal feed now but also by the beer breweries. A large portion of the barley crop is exported to Scotland where it is used in whisky production.  Barley flower is also used for the Swedish traditional flat bread, "tunnbröd".








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