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.
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.
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.
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 Risk™ malting barley. This is the field we hope to harvest today.
But that’s the least of our troubles this time of year.
Eight months and nine days after seeding our 100 acres of Risk™ winter malting barley, the time has come.
This morning, our combines rolled into the fields at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon to bring in our first barley crop of the season.
All of the hard work we put into preparing the soil, planting the seed, watering and cultivating the crop is finally paying off!
There’s nothing quite like seeing 100 acres of barley waving in the wind to give you that proverbial lump in the throat. It reminds us why we became farmers.
Drive down Wigrich Road to Rogue Farms this time of year and you’ll always find something new going on.
Every July we make plans for the harvest season at Rogue Farms.
The Risk™ malting barley harvest in Tygh Valley kicks things off mid-month, followed by our seven varieties of hops at our farm in Independence in August. But you know what they say about making plans.
This year, Mother Nature and the 7,140,289 Rogue Farms honeybees decided it was time to shake things up.
“To everything there is a season”, the ancient sage teaches us, and at Rogue Farms we’re coming to the end of one season and starting another.
We just finished planting our jalapeño peppers. This is one of the last crops we’ll put in the ground this year. The planting season is winding down and the harvest season will be here sooner than you think.
Just a couple of years ago we were growing our peppers in small, garden boxes. It was an experimental patch to see how they would do in the soil and climate of the Wigrich Appellation, and how they would taste in our Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirit. They turned out so well that we planted a quarter acre last year, and a full acre this year.
Ever wonder what happens when we're done floor malting, micro malting, smoking, roasting and mashing our barley, wheat and rye?
We don't like seeing anything go to waste, so we give away our spent grains to farmers near the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon.