Lavina (MT981397) is a two-rowed hooded spring barley and is a cross between Haybet and Baronesse. It was bred replace Haybet and to enhance seed production while maintaining and enhancing forage production. Haybet was developed by USDA-ARS and the Montana Experiment Station and was released in April 1989. Haybet is a two-rowed, hooded, white kernelled, spring barley developed as a forage barley and derived from the cross Betzes 7/Strip Tease. Baronesse is a two-rowed feed barley developed in Germany and marketed by WestBred LLC in the United States.
The cross was made in 1993 and individual F1 plants were planted and harvested in 1994, F2 populations were planted and single heads were harvested in 1995. Single seed descent in the Montana State University ABS Plant Growth Center was utilized in 1995-1996 to advance two generations and F5 head rows were planted in the spring of 1996. F6 two row plots were planted in 1997 and selections were made based on agronomic and forage potential.
Lavina ‘MT981397’ was tested for forage and grain performance in Montana from 2004 through 2007.