Here's what we're doing this month to grow our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas.
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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.
Since we’re surrounded by wildlife, we often get some interesting visitors wandering through the fields.
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.
One of the most valuable resources for any farmer is dirt. While most of us take dirt for granted, a farmer knows that the right kind of soil is crucial to growing crops.
Dirt isn’t cheap. It took millions of years of Ice Age floods and winter flooding of the Willamette River to create the alluvial soils we love so much at Rogue Farms. So we do what we can to protect our soil from the devastating effects of erosion.
Meet the guardians of the dirt.
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.
We’re just back from an inspection of the Risk™ malting barley fields and the condition of the crop is amazing. We can’t remember the last time we had such a beautiful field of Risk™ barley this early in the year.
The shoots are anywhere from two to six inches high – depending on when we planted them last fall – and a lush green color. Normally, you’re going to find some wilting, curling, brown spots and other discoloration. Those are signs you might have an infestation of pests or disease. We didn’t see anything worth fretting over.
We’ll step up inspections as we get closer to spring. It’s easier to deal with problems when you spot them early. But so far, 2013 is off to a great start.