The Calendar Says November, So Why Are We Planting Barley?

03 Nov
The Calendar Says November, So Why Are We Planting Barley?

Rogue Farms

Forget what you were told about spring being planting season and fall being the season of the harvest. While all that is correct, it’s not entirely true.

DSCN0633 Fall seeding begins when we’re done breaking up the soil and leveling the field.

At Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon, we’re wrapping up planting our 100 acres of Risk™ malting barley.

Risk™ is a winter variety of malting barley. It needs cold weather to properly germinate. So we plant it in the fall and let it sit dormant during winter. The first shoots will emerge in a couple of weeks.

The shoots of this year's Risk barley crop first appeared last November. Shoots emerge around mid-November, but won’t grow any taller for another four to five months.

The barley resumes growing next spring. But if we waited until then to plant? The crop would fail. A spring planting is too warm for a hardy grain like our Risk™ malting barley.

Dare Plowing Plowing is the first step in preparing a field for…

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