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.
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.
Reaping, threshing and winnowing our five acre field of wheat.
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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.
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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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.
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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?
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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.
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.
The season of harvesting our beers and spirits is just getting started. Read all about it by clicking on the image below.
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.
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.