Rogue Farms Almanac: Tygh Valley, Oregon
March 28th, 2013

Rogue Barley Farm Almanac
Latitude: 45.2 degrees north - Longitude: 121.2 degrees west - Elevation: 1700 feet

Spring Planting Begins

The seed arrived this week and we got to work planting this year’s Dare™ malting barley crop.

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The Dare™ malting barley is planted using the drill method.

Meanwhile, in two of the other Dare™ fields we wrapped up plowing, discing and harrowing. They’re now ready for planting and so we still have a few more days of seeding ahead of us.

The weather has been cooperative so far. Very little rain has allowed the soil to dry out, which makes it easier for us to get the equipment into the field. But when we’re done, we’d like the rain to come back. Dry weather is good for planting malt barley, not so good for growing malt barley. With the Risk™ winter malting barley now six inches high we need rain for both crops. The irrigators are standing by, just in case.

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The Risk™ barley field to the left, and a just planted Dare™ barley field to the right.

Tygh Valley Hunting And Fishing

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.WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA: bear, turkey, cougar, coyote

Bear – Controlled Spring Black Bear Season opens on April 1st and runs through May 31st.  Search for tracks on dirt or muddy roads to find areas that they are using.  Look for food sources. Bears spend much of their time filling up on grasses, acorns, and other food to fatten up after their winter slumber. 

Turkey – Spring Turkey Season opens on April 15th and runs through May 31st.  Preseason scouting can be very helpful in locating the elusive spring gobbler.  Use locating calls to find birds roosting in your area.  Turkeys can often be found along ridge tops or foraging for food in meadows or oak groves. 

Cougar - Look for areas that have recent deer and elk activity. Focus your efforts along migration routes, and along rim rocks and canyons. Look for fresh tracks or kills to increase success.

Coyote - Hunters should be looking in open areas along the eastern perimeter of the wildlife area. Open fields can provide good calling opportunities on the area.

DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, redsides trout

Trout fishing remains good for trout downstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor.



March at the Micro Barley Farm
Average high: 52 degrees
Average low: 32 degrees
Monthly rainfall: 1.61 inches


Good Chit Rib Eye Steak

6 large rib eye steaks
2 large yellow onions, peeled and diced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
3 oz. concentrated beef stock or consommé
12 oz. Rogue Good Chit Pilsner

Rub Mixture
2 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons dried granulated garlic
2 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
Zest of 3 lemons
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar


Rub rib eye steaks with spice mixture. Grill to desired doneness over drip pan. Place collected drippings in a saucepan. Add onion, stock, beer and bring to a simmer. Simmer 20 minutes while rib

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About Rogue's Micro Barley Farm

Photo by Barbara Miller.

In the shadow of Mt. Hood, Rogue Ales is leading the next revolution in brewing.

Rogue grows nearly 900,000 pounds of malting barley on 200 acres of dry land farming. The rain shadow of Mt. Hood creates a terroir of cool winters and dry, sunny summers - perfect for growing Rogue Dare™ and Risk™ 2-row malting barley. The free range water for the farm comes from Badger Creek. Fed by snowmelt and rain, Badger Creek begins at an alpine lake and tumbles down the slopes of Mt. Hood through 22 miles of glacial valleys and narrow wilderness canyons before flowing to the farm.

Other crops include hay, apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries and blueberries.

The farm is the life's work of Bill “Doc” McAllister, a thyroid surgeon and third generation farmer. Over the past four decades, McAllister built dozens of ponds and streams, turning the farm into a sanctuary for deer, elk, antelope, black bear, cougar, bobcats and other wildlife.

History was made here when tens of thousands of pioneers came through on the Barlow Road, the last overland segment of the Oregon Trail. The road was built in 1846 by Sam Barlow who wanted a safe route into the Willamette Valley from the Columbia River. 150 years later and you can still see the ruts left behind by wagon wheels on the south side of the farm.