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.
This year, the geese outsmarted us.
From severe drought to floods and snow, and a corn crop that almost drove us crazy, it’s been an amazing year here at Rogue Farms.
Find out how we’re growing our own ingredients to craft world class beers, spirits, ciders and sodas in the Winter 2015 Rogue Farms Crop Report. Please click on the cover image to view the full report.
2014 was an incredible year for us at Rogue Farms. We seeded, cultivated and harvested two new grains, picked our first crop of orchard fruit as well as more than a dozen other crops, and opened the Rogue Cidery and Sodaery.
So what’s in store for 2015? Look for our first batch of Oregon Rye Whiskey, plus new beers, ciders and sodas. Here’s what we’re growing in the new year for our always expanding proprietary palate of flavors.
Our friends at the Grand Hotel in Salem, Oregon are helping us spread the word about the GYO/DIY Revolution. Click on the image to read what they said about Rogue Farms and be sure to vote for us in the USA Today/10Best contest for Best Brewery Tour.
We’re in the middle of our first big winter storm of the season at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, and the falling snow and low hanging clouds have created a beautiful scene of solitude and silence. It’s as if the rest of the world had suddenly disappeared.
The Risk™ malting barley fields appear to be doing okay. No signs of cold damage, at least not yet. With snow on the ground, we can relax knowing that our barley will remain protected from any further damage as it sleeps under its big, white blanket.
We like to think our farm in Tygh Valley is beautiful any time of year, but winter is somehow special. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.
One of our fields of Risk™ malting barley.
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.