MSU Research History: ‘Spartan’ Barley Breed Introduced
1916 – Michigan State University (MSU) plant breeder F.A. Spragg created a new variety of barley fittingly called “Spartan.” The cultivar — a cross between Michigan black barbless and Michigan two-row — had higher production capabilities and superior quality compared with other commonly grown barleys. By the late 1950s, Spartan barley was found on farms around the country.
– Source: AgBioResearch, Futures, “A Spartan Comeback of the Seed Kind,” (Spring/Summer 2015)