Make the cows come running! CDC Maverick forage barley
Updated October 30, 2022

CDC Maverick Barley - Smooth awn favorite for dryland forage

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Two-row forage barley with smooth awns that make it a cow favorite when baled or used for swath grazing. A nice big kernel with a heavy bushel weight when harvested for grain. Excellent if rolling for feed purposes.


This smooth awn variety from SeCan has high forage yield potential, and provides a very large plump grain kernel.

Designed to provide good yields with minimal crop inputs, CDC Maverick is a good choice for those who want to seed something without a lot of fuss or costs. CDC Maverick is ideally suited to lower input management and areas with lighter soils but will produce top forage yields under almost all conditions across Western Canada. Maverick has CDC Cowboy barley in its parentage, which has long been a cattleman's favorite, but offers the smooth awns that Cowboy didn't have.

Tall with a tremendous amount of plant matter, CDC Maverick barley is tops in Alberta silage trials. With it's smooth awn, CDC Maverick is more palatable to cattle than barley varieties with a rough awn and can be used for swath grazing as well as silage. We have heard that ranchers find their cattle really enjoy the taste of Maverick bales, so much so, that the herd rushes in before you can even take the strings off! We have taken to calling "Cow Candy" because of it's palatability.

Our experience with this variety is that when harvested for grain, it will produce a plump seed kernel with a high test weight even under tough conditions. This variety is best suited for dryland applications as it is too tall for irrigation.

Kelly Barany
Kelly Barany

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