Barley farming is a way of life at Wimberly Farms and residents around Maryland's Eastern Shore. A member of the grass family, Barley is a major cereal grain and is the most valuable grain next to wheat. It was one of the first cultivated grains and is now grown widely. Barley has also been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.Barley is a member of the grass family used primarily for cereal grain. Barley has been introduced as a very effective seed for fodder programs. Barley can also be used for grazing in pastures, cover crops for gardens and many other uses. Barley is a short-season, early maturing crop grown commercially in both irrigated and in dry land environments. Because this grain adapts well to different types of environments, it is grown in many regions throughout the United States--including Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Early maturing, medium tall, six-row, awnletted, winter feed barley with compact spikes. It is field resistant to powdery mildew, Septoria, scald, net blotch, spot blotch, and barley yellow dwarf virus. Nomini is moderately susceptible to leaf rust races and is not very winter hardy.