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Heralding a new barley.

A new feed barley that's especially eco-friendly is now available to seed companies and plant researchers. Named "Herald," it's the first commercial-quality barley that provides a greater proportion of its phosphorus in a bioavailable form that can be more readily absorbed and used by fish and nonruminant livestock, such as pigs. While tests have shown it to have about l0 percent less total phosphorus than top-yielding feed barleys, it has more then three times as much phosphorus in a bioavailable form. This means that less of it will be excreted in livestock manure and carried away in runoff from pastures or fields into waterways.

The superior bioavailability of Herald's phosphorus would spare growers the feeding of supplemental phosphorus needed for their animals' health. And its excellent yield would further guarantee their savings. Seed can be requested--by researchers or seed companies--from the Foundation Seed Program in Kimberly, Idaho. Phil Bregitzer, USDA-ARS Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit, Aberdeen, Idaho; phone (208) 397-4162, e-mail
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Title Annotation:Science Update
Author:Bregitzer, Phil
Publication:Agricultural Research
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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