With this year’s Rosen Rye harvested, milled and soon-to-be-distilled, we turned our attention to next year’s crop. Why are we planting with colder temperatures coming soon? Rye is planted in the Fall, spends Winter in the field, starts growing again in Spring, and is finally harvested near the end of Summer.
The long growing season for rye is one more hurdle to overcome in working with heritage grains. As distillers, we need to compensate farmers for lost revenue had they planted corn or soybeans that mature more quickly and allow for multiple growing cycles in a single year.