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Picking Our Second Wave Of Hops

We began picking our Rebel and Independent hops this week, the second wave of hops to turn ripe during this year’s harvest season at Rogue Farms.

From bine to brew, Rebel and Independent are two of the seven varieties we grow, pick, strip, sort, separate, kiln, cool and bale on our 42- acre hopyard overlooking the Willamette River in the Wigrich Appellation.

With our Freedom hops already harvested and driven 77 miles to our Brewery in Newport , we have four more varieties to harvest over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s what’s been keeping us busy this week.

The harvest begins as we cut the cone filled bines off the trellis wires.

The harvest begins as we cut the cone filled bines off the trellis wires.

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Snap, Crackle, Barley

We did more field burning over the weekend at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

This is an important step in preparing the soil for when we plant our next crop of Risk™ malting barley. Fire sterilizes the soil, killing off weeds, weed seeds and diseases. Burning also helps by converting the left over field stubble into pure minerals we can plow back into the soil to improve its health. What you may call charred straw, we call fertilizer.

We want our Risk barley to have the best possible start when we plant it, probably about a month from now. Beer and Spirits are only as good as their ingredients, so we want to grow the finest proprietary palate of flavors we can.

 

From Patch To Batch

With so many pumpkin beers appearing on store shelves, you may be wondering why you’re not seeing our Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale.

Here’s why.

pumpkins august 2014

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Wheat Harvest Begins

Mother Nature has a funny way of testing us.

We had just started picking our Freedom hops, one of seven varieties we grow at Rogue Farms, when we got word that our wheat was ripe and ready.

So with pickers in the hop rows and combines in the wheat field, we got to work bringing in two crops at the same time.

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Reaping, threshing and winnowing our five acre field of wheat.

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Hop Harvest Starts Wednesday

The 2014 Rogue Farms Big Wave Hop Harvest starts Wednesday morning here at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.

From last year's harvest. John in the rows of Freedom hops, picking out what he'll use to brew Wet Hop Ale.

From last year’s harvest. John in the rows of Freedom hops, picking out what he’ll use to brew Wet Hop Ale.

The first of our seven varieties we’ll pick are our Freedom hops. Don’t be surprised if you see John Maier poking through hop rows or inside the processing facility. John is using some of this year’s Freedom crop (and Yaquinas when they’re ready) to brew Wet Hop Ale. He’ll personally select the fresh cones to bring home with him to our Brewery in Newport.

We’ll picking the remaining six Rogue Farms hops over the next three of four weeks. Hard to believe that after a year of such crazy weather (drought, floods and snow), the hops are healthy, ripe and ready for picking!

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Storm Watch

This is the time of year that we look to the skies with a little bit of apprehension.

We just tested a small sample of our Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley and the results are good. Nice plump kernels that should be ready to harvest next week.

With just a few days left in the growing season, what could go wrong?

Storm clouds over our barley fields.

Storm clouds over our barley fields.

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Picking Our Plums

We’re blessed this year with one of our best crops ever on our 19-acre orchard at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

It’s quite the comeback story. We lost nearly all of our fruit for three years in a row due to severe frosts that hit during the flowering season. But this spring was warm and dry, almost perfect in fact. Now we’ve got so much fruit it’s as if the trees were making up for lost time.

So what are we picking this week?

Plum Picking Jessie

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Postcards From Our Farm

Even though we’re in the middle of the harvest, it’s nice to be able to take some time and enjoy the natural beauty of Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Here’s some of our favorite photos of the week.

The sunset reflected in the clouds over one of our malting barley fields.

The sunset reflected in the clouds over one of our malting barley fields.

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Burning Down The Barley

Your parents probably told you not to play with matches. So if you’re a bit jealous about what we did last week at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon – we understand.

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From Dare Barley To Yaquina Hops, Rogue Farms Crop Report

The season of harvesting our beers and spirits is just getting started. Read all about it by clicking on the image below.

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