Because of its high seedling vigor, wide soil tolerances, and rapid development, meadow barley is often used as a quick cover for soil stabilization on wet, dry, and saline sites. It is sometimes used for forage where locally abundant, but resource value may be rated low to moderate for livestock. The value for deer is considered high in spring. Palatability for ungulates is moderately good early on but poor at maturity. Sown at lower rates to allow other species to establish, meadow barley is an important component of freshwater wetland, tidal marsh, meadow, and riparian seed mixtures for restoration and revegetation. In certain trials, meadow barley has shown higher potential to impede the progress of reed canarygrass compared to several other native wetland grasses. It is regarded useful as a temporary nurse crop for longer lived species on dry, infertile sites. The species is occasionally used as a vineyard cover crop in California. Plants provide wildlife cover and the leaves and large seed may be of some value to small mammals and waterfowl.
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