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The Hard Part Of Spring

The hard part of spring is over. We’re done seeding the 100 acres of Dare™ malting barley.

Nice spring weather helped us plant. Now we could use some rain.

A just seeded field of Dare malting barley at the Rogue Barley Farm in Tygh Valley, Oregon.
A just seeded field of Dare malting barley at the Rogue Barley Farm in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Here’s where we stand. Spring came early this at the Rogue Barley Farm in Tygh Valley. It was also dry. So we were fast about plowing, discing, harrowing and planting. Three weeks ahead of last year.

But dry is not good once the seed is in the ground. Freshly planted barley needs rain. We could irrigate, but it’s not the same. Cool weather also helps. Malting barley grows slower when it’s cool outside, and slower growth improves quality.

Uncooperative weather is always risk when you grow your own ingredients.