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The Start Of Spring Planting

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.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Working The Soil

When we prepare a field for planting, we plow it, disc it and harrow it. Each step progressively breaks down the dirt and stubble into smaller pieces so that when we’re done, we have a field that’s smooth, level and soft to drill in the seeds.

fall plowing 2

Plowing rips through field stubble and pushes it back into the soil where it breaks down into humus. This is how we add nutrients to the soil and create better drainage.

Sometimes we’ll stumble across a boulder, in which case we’ll stop what we’re doing and dig it out with our bobcat. It’s better to discover these problems now than in the spring.

discing harrowing

The end of plowing, discing and harrowing. This field is now ready for planting our Dare™ malting barley next year.

It’s All About Timing

We want to plant our Dare™ malting barley in late March or early April so that it has enough time to emerge, leaf, tiller, boot, head and grow kernels before the summer heat comes in July. Field work takes about six weeks. So if we put it off until next year, that means getting started in mid-February when the soil may be cold and too hard for plowing. Another potential problem is a wet spring, which can delay field work by several weeks.

As farmers, we’ve learned that you always have to be thinking about the next season, and the seasons after that. What we do in the fields of Dare barley today, has a big impact on the quality of the crop we’ll harvest next summer.

Meanwhile, take a look at the Risk™ barley we planted a few weeks ago. It’s already emerged and will stay this height during the winter dormant period. But when spring arrives, it will start growing like crazy.

Small shoots of Risk™ emerging in one of our fields in the rain shadow of Mt. Hood.

Small shoots of Risk™ emerging in one of our fields in the rain shadow of Mt. Hood.

The work here at Rogue Farms never stops. Growing our proprietary palate of ingredients for our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas keeps us busy every day of every season.

Please join us at Rogue Farms this autumn and see for yourself what we’re going to Grow The Revolution!

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