Bowers is an awned (bearded) six-rowed spring feed barley developed by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. It was released for production in 1979. Bowers had medium-early maturity and medium height, similar to Beacon. Its lodging resistance is also comparable to Beacon. Plants have large heads and above average number of tillers. Seed size is average with good test weight. Bowers is resistant to stem rust and has better resistance to mildew, spot blotch and net blotch than Larker.