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.
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.
Interested in learning more about Rogue’s Barley Farm? See our Tygh Valley Farmer’s Almanac on Rogue.com.