MAJA is a six-rowed winter feed/malt barley. It was released by the Oregon AES in 2006 and licensed to AgriSource (Burley, Idaho). It is adoubled haploid developed from the F1 of the cross of Strider/88Ab536. Its experimental designation was STAB 113. Maja, like the 88Ab536 parent, is a facultative variety; it has a “winter” allele at the Vrn-H1locus on chromosome 5H but lacks the repressor encoded by the Vrn-H2 locus on 4H. This configuration of vernalization genes can lead to early maturity under some environmental conditions, and this feature could be an advantage in terms of flexibility in planting date, irrigation savings, and drought avoidance. It is a standard height selection with rough awns and a semi-compact spike. The grain has white aleurone.Maja has high test weight and showed promise as malting barley in repeated micro- tests, but it was ultimately not approved by the American Malting Barely Association (AMBA). It has a lower grain protein and enzyme level than is desired for production of lighter beers. At the time of evaluation it was resistant to stripe rust and susceptible to scald.
THOROUGHBRED is a high yielding, full season, awned, six-row hulled winter feed barley having very good straw strength, high test weight and bright plump seed. On average, head emergence of Thoroughbred is 2 days later than Wysor, 4 days later than Nomini and Price, and 6 days later than Callao. Average plant height is 3-4 inches taller than Callao and Price, and 3-4 inches shorter than Wysor and Nomini. Straw strength is similar to those of Price and Nomini, and better than those of Wysor and Callao. As a feed grain and rotational crop, Thoroughbred is superior to Nomini and Callao. Thoroughbred is resistant to powdery mildew and barley yellow dwarf virus. It is moderately susceptible to leaf rust and net blotch.