Just when we thought things weren’t going to be so bad at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley and Independence, comes word from the National Weather Service that we’re going to get a heck of a lot of snow.
At Tygh Valley the predictions are all over the place. We could see anywhere from 5-14 inches of snow depending on how this plays out. Temperatures will stay below freezing for the next several days.
We’re also keeping a close eye to what’s happening north of us in Columbia River Gorge. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the western Gorge predicting up to 5 inches of snow and sleet. Wind gusts will be high as 65-70 miles per hour.
Our secret defense is Tygh Ridge. At 2800 feet, Tygh Ridge protects us from those howling winter storms that roar down the Gorge.
Tygh Ridge in winter.
Like many parts of the United States, winter is coming early and strong to Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the farm starting Wednesday night at 6pm farm time and running for 24 hours. We’re expecting three to nine inches of snow with temperatures lingering in the 20’s. But what we’re most worried about is our newly planted crop of Risk™ malting barley.
One of the wildest growing seasons at Rogue Farms is coming to a close, and we’re already getting started on planting next year’s proprietary palate of flavors.
Read more about it in the latest edition of the Rogue Farms Crop Report by clicking on the cover image.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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