Originally Posted by Farside
Roughly 10 mins in, Joseph shows his Russian Rye crop and talks about growing techniques.
I wonder if this would work with barley...
Seems like a little slice of heaven there!
So the technique in questions seems to be: plant very late, in mid-summer, allow that summer's growth to be mowed, by animal or by machine, then the grains have a head-start into the next growing season.
I guess it's not all that different from growing a winter crop, except that you plant even earlier and sacrifice some of that growth.
I think the technique would work with any winter barley. The principle is that a grass's meristem is hidden below ground before jointing occurs. (Jointing is after tillering but before head emergence.)
Even if leaves (and perhaps even some joints) are removed, yet at least some meristem remains below ground, the plant should survive. This is the same reason you're able to mow the lawn without killing the grass.