Velvon, a new barley variety with smooth awns, with relatively stiff straw, and with a high degree of resistance to covered smut was developed at the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station through the cooperative efforts of the Station and the Division of Cereal Crops and Diseases, Bureau of Plant Industry, U. S. Department of Agriculture. This new variety resulted as a hybrid strain from a cross made in 1930 for the purpose of improving straw strength and the texture of awns.
Woodward, R. W. and Tingey, D. C., "Bulletin No. 293 - Velvon: A New Smooth-Awned Barley" (1940). UAES Bulletins. Paper 255.