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The Original GYO Guy

Our friends over at Oregon Beer Growler have a great article this month on how to grow your own hops. It’s aimed at gardeners, not farmers, but check out the photo they used to illustrate the story. They called John the “Original GYO-er.” Click on the image to read the September issue.

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Bumper Crops And Troubled Fields

When the last bushel of Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley came in off the field, you could almost hear a collective sigh of relief across the farm in Tygh Valley.

This was our best barley growing season ever. We reaped, threshed and winnowed 1,063,521 pounds of Dare™ and Risk™ malting barley.

But it could just as easily gone the other way. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening to our fellow farmers just east of here.

Postcard perfect weather greeted the combines as they began the harvest of Rogue Farms Dare malting barley.

Postcard perfect weather greeted the combines as they began the harvest of Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley.

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Celebrate The Hop Harvest

Please join us at Rogue Farms this weekend as we celebrate the end of the 2014 Big Wave Hop Harvest!

Freedom Hop Harvest

The start of the 2014 Rogue Farms Big Wave Hop Harvest as we cut our Freedom bines from the trellises.

After four weeks of picking, stripping, sorting, separating, kilning, cooling, and baling our seven varieties of Rogue Farms hops, we now get to relax and enjoy the company of friends for a few hours, or until our next crop is ready to harvest.

Rogue Farms Hop Harvest Festival begins at 12pm with a toast to a nearly 70,000-pound hop harvest.

Join us on a tour of Rogue Farms at 12pm, 2pm, or 4pm. Games including barley sack races, cornhole, bung toss and more throughout the day.

Enjoy live music by The Bluzotix from 2-5pm and visit with local artisans. Admission is free.

There’s plenty going on at Rogue Farms during September and October. We also have Bingo nights, two concerts and a Garage Sale on Columbus Day Weekend.

Please see our events page for more information.

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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.

 

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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