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Our New Crop Of Beer And Spirits

With an early spring at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, this year’s crop of Risk™ malting barley is off to a good start.

After laying dormant during the cold season, the shoots have resumed growing and are nearly three inches tall.

Risk in Field

Mt. Hood peeks through an irrigation wheel at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Since we’re surrounded by wildlife, we often get some interesting visitors wandering through the fields.

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Rogue Gets Goosed

It’s become a rite of winter at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon. A battle with invaders from the north.

Hundreds of Canada Geese descend upon the farm this time of year to raid our Risk™ malting barley. From the air, the vast fields of green barley shoots are a target that’s too attractive to pass up.

We go on the counter offensive, harassing the geese with rifle shots in the air, riding through fields in our ATVs, or sending the dogs out to chase them away. These skirmishes drag on for weeks or months.

A flock of Canada Geese arrive at Rogue Farms to join their birds of a feather in the annual raids on our barley fields.

A flock of Canada Geese arrive at Rogue Farms to join their birds of a feather in the annual raids on our barley fields.

This year, the geese outsmarted us.

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The Start Of Spring Planting

Unless you’re a farmer, what we’re about to tell you may not make a lot of sense. Not at first.

We started working the fields where we’ll plant our Dare spring malting barley. Actually drilling seeds in the ground? No. That’s five to six months from now. But there’s a lot to do between now and planting time.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

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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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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.

 

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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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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