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The Rogue Farms Barley Harvest Begins!

Just 11 months ago they were tiny seeds in the ground.


But now, thanks to some hard work and nurturing from Mother Nature, the 2013 crop of Risk™ malting barley is golden ripe and ready.

The Rogue Farms barley harvest is underway. We have taken another step in the journey from ground to glass.

John Maier at the harvest of this year’s Risk malting barley crop. The harvest begins when moisture levels in the barley drop below 12%, wet enough to prevent the seeds from shattering, but dry enough to store the grain in the barn.
John Maier at the harvest of this year’s Risk malting barley crop. The harvest begins when moisture levels in the barley drop below 12%, wet enough to prevent the seeds from shattering, but dry enough to store the grain in the barn.
John on a combine. These machines reap (cut the stalks), thrash (loosen the chaff) and winnow (separate the grain from the chaff). They produce a clean kernel that’s ready for malting.
John on a combine. These machines reap (cut the stalks), thrash (loosen the chaff) and winnow (separate the grain from the chaff). They produce a clean kernel that’s ready for malting.

It will take several days to combine all 100 acres of Risk™ malting barley. But even then our work is not over. There’s still 100 acres of Dare™ malting barley to harvest. If the weather continues to cooperate, that may only be a few weeks away.

John in the field of Dare malting barley. The Dare is green turning brown, which tell us the grain is in the final stages of hardening and ripening.
John in the field of Dare malting barley. The Dare is green turning brown, which tell us the grain is in the final stages of hardening and ripening.

The Risk™ and Dare™ we harvest this July and August will be floor malted and micro malted here at Rogue Farms in our Farmstead Malt House. And then it’s off the Brewery in Newport where John will begin using to brew the wort for Rogue Farms beers and spirits.

But for now, he’s here in Tygh Valley to see for himself how the crop is doing. There is no better way to know what you grow.