By John Maier
On the first day of plowing for our Dare™ spring malting barley we hit some huge rocks. Called in the heavy equipment. As you can see, breaking ground in new soil can be hard work.
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Beyond plowing: When the going gets tough, call in the excavators.
Why go to all this trouble?
If you plant the same crop in the same field too many times, it depletes nutrients and minerals from the soil. Dirt and crop wear out and become more prone to erosion, diseases and pests. Every spring and fall we plant some of our malting barley into areas that haven’t been farmed for several years. This allows the soil to rest and rebuild. It ensures healthy malting barley crops.
And since the malting barley we grow goes into our spirits, we make sure it’s done right.