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Straight from the Farm

Our friends on the west side of the Cascades may have a right complain about the weather. But here on the east side, we are really happy with the rain and the cold. Even the snow doesn’t bother us.More importantly, the Risk™ winter malting barley that we seeded back in September really loves it. Barley, like most grains, needs cool temperatures and moist soil to get started. The roots dig deep into the ground to get all the moisture they can so when spring comes along, the Risk™ barley is ready for the growing season. The snow is like a blanket, it protects the barley and preserves the moisture when things get really cold.

Doc McAllister / Tygh Valley, Oregon
Doc McAllister / Tygh Valley, Oregon

More importantly, the Risk™ winter malting barley that we seeded back in September really loves it. Barley, like most grains, needs cool temperatures and moist soil to get started. The roots dig deep into the ground to get all the moisture they can so when spring comes along, the Risk™ barley is ready for the growing season. The snow is like a blanket, it protects the barley and preserves the moisture when things get really cold.

The Risk™ barley shoots are 2 -3 inches tall in some place, about 6 inches tall in others. The color is nice and green and we don’t see any disease or bugs. No farmer is foolish enough to predict the future. But these conditions are ideal for the first stage of winter barley. If the weather cooperates next year, we’ll have an amazing crop to harvest in late summer.

Doc McAllister