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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.

Field burning 3

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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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Bringing Home Our Barley

It's been quite a week at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon. We just finished harvesting 100 acres of Risk™ malting barley. Hard to believe that we planted these seeds just nine months ago.

Over winter, we watched and worried as a deep cold snap damaged some of the young shoots. But spring came and so did the sun, drying out the soggy soil left behind by the winter rain. Under picture perfect, clear blue skies, our Risk™ barley sprang to life, leafing, tillering, booting, heading, filling and ripening.

And then it all comes down to a week in July with a starting date determined by Mother Nature.

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The Whole Story On Our Grains

In all the years we've been farming, we've never seen a season quite like this one.

A hot July kicked our crops into overdrive, but especially our grains, the wheat and corn we grow at Rogue Farms in Independence and the malting barley we grow in Tygh Valley.

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Join Us For The Harvest Season!

After a brief rain delay, we’re back in the fields at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, harvesting our 100 acres of Risk™ malting barley.

Combine in risk field

It’s been touch and go the last couple of days. Heavy rain and lightning rolled through the farm on Wednesday afternoon. So we worked when weather permitted, and took a break when we had no choice. This morning, we woke up to bright sunny skies and a forecast for perfect harvest weather over the next several days.

The calendar for our 2014 Beer And Spirits Harvest is taking shape. So we’re officially inviting you to visit us at Rogue Farms for the harvest season. Here’s a look at what crops we’re harvesting this year and when. Keep in mind that these date are estimates. The exact timing is up to Mother Nature.

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Rain, Rain Go Away

Big thunderstorms moved in overnight at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon, forcing us to hold off harvesting our Risk™ malting barley.

Maybe we’ll be able to resume this afternoon, maybe tomorrow or the next day. It’s all up to Mother Nature.

We can’t harvest wet barley. Too much moisture in the grain when it’s stored in the silo can lead to all sorts of problems ranging from fungal disease to spontaneous combustion. You read that right. Wet grain can get so hot all on it’s own that it will suddenly burst into flames.

Storm clouds over our fields of Risk malting barley, where we were supposed to be harvesting.

Storm clouds over our Risk™ malting barley. This is the field we hope to harvest today.

But that’s the least of our troubles this time of year.

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