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With Snow Gone, Cold Nights Put Barley At Risk

We miss the snow.

Our appreciation goes well beyond the usual reasons. It’s beautiful, it’s fun to play in, but the reason we want snow at the Rogue Barley Farm is because it protects our malting barley.

We’re not just being poetic when we say the snow acts like a thermal blanket that protects the Risk malting barley from the cold nights of winter. Without the snow, the Risk barley is more exposed and more vulnerable to freeze and frost damage.

With the snow gone, the new shoots of Risk malting barley are more exposed to cold temperatures.

With the snow gone, the new shoots of Risk malting barley are more exposed to cold temperatures.

In the week to come, the nighttime temps are dipping into the low 20’s. The Risk barley can tolerate those temperatures – so we’re probably fine. But if a cold snap does come our way, we’d really like to have some snow on the ground so we can rest easier when the sun goes down.

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Barley Blanketed by Snow

Rogue Farms Tygh Valley, Oregon

Rogue Farms
Tygh Valley, Oregon

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 Riskwinter 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.

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