Barley Blanketed by Snow
Our first snow of the season arrived over the Christmas holiday and dropped a foot of snow on the farm and barley fields.
We always look forward to the snow, and not just because it is so beautiful. The snow is like a blanket over the field protecting the Risk™ winter malting barley from extreme cold temperatures. At the soil surface, the snow is warmed just enough to melt, slowly replenishing the moisture in the dirt.
Notice we’ve got the light on at our newly opened Farmstead Malt House. Our operations continue throughout the day and the night – whether there is rain, snow, sleet, flood or ice. Mud, however puts the farm fieldwork on hold. The recent heavy rains have made the soil far too soggy to support the tractors and other heavy equipment.