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Floods Recede At Rogue Farms, But They’re Not Going Away

After three weeks of non-stop rain, we may get a break this weekend. The forecast for Saturday at Rogue Farms calls for mostly sunny skies, the first glimpse of sun since this series of storms began slamming us in early December.

Until then, more rain. Although the Willamette River fell several feet over the past few days, we’ll be flooded through the Christmas weekend. Here’s what we found when we tried to drive to the farm this morning.

High water closed the road into Rogue Farms in at least two places.

High water closed the road into Rogue Farms in at least two places.

The high water stopped us before we even got to the neighbors hazelnut orchard.

December is one for the history books. We’ve received 14 inches of rain this month at Rogue Farms. That broke a record which has stood for 124 years. Now consider we have another 9 days to go. It may be dry Saturday, but the rain returns Sunday.

We’re staying closed until further notice and don’t expect to open until next year. It all depends on what Mother Nature sends us.

Flood waters pouring over Wigrich Road and into the Rogue Farms hopyard.

Flood waters pouring over Wigrich Road and into the Rogue Farms hopyard. This photo was taken at the beginning of this season’s floods. The Willamette River rose another four feet from here.

We’ve learned to live with and appreciate the floods that swamp Rogue Farms every winter. They replenish the soil and the hops with moisture at a time when it’s need most.

We also know those flood waters are filled with black gold – rich volcanic dirt that was carried down from the Coast Range and the Oregon Cascades. When the flood waters settle in here at Rogue Farms, they deposit a fresh layer of soil that’s filled with nutrients and minerals. Repeat that a gazillion times over centuries and you have the world’s finest soil for growing beer and spirits.

We proud to call this land the home of Rogue Farms. Come and visit us when things are clear and see Mother Nature’s handiwork for yourself, and remember this is how she grows the dirt where we plant the ingredients that go into every Rogue beer, spirit, cider and soda.

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