Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker
From Planting to Harvest, Danko Rye (Whole & Sifted Rye Flour) in the field:
Danko Rye is planted in the fall of the year and harvested the next summer.
Happy Halloween from Danko Rye.
3 weeks after planting the rye is up and will continue to grown through the winter.
Spinning on clover into the Danko Rye. The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain and, eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.
Just over 2 months later, the rye is drying down.
To the left of the rye field, a recently mown hay field is just visible.
Since we farm on rolling hills, our grains are grown on contour strips. Here you can see the Danko Rye fields alternating with hay fields.
Contour farming can reduce erosion by up to 50%.
Rye Flour in the field!
The Danko Rye has dried down and is almost ready for harvest.
A combine is used to harvest the rye.
After the grain is harvested, it will be unloaded into a gravity box to be taken back to the farm for storage.
At the farm, an aerator is placed in the wagon to bring down the moisture of the grain.
Danko Rye Facts 2022
In 2022, Danko Rye was grown in Independence Township on 3 fields, totaling 8.53 acres on the farm established by R. Meloy, Esquire in 1829. Meloy was a farmer, grain, stock and wool grower. More recently the farm was a dairy farm and a cattle farm. Weatherbury Farm has farmed this land since 2015. The farm has been certified organic since 2006.
The rye was planted on October 10, 2021.
Clover was frost seeded into the grain on April 11, 2022. (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain and, eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.)
The Danko Rye was harvested on July 13, 2022.
At the 2022 Washington County Fair, both the Rye sheaf and the jar of Rye grains won 1st place.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour, visit the from seed to flour page.
About Danko Rye
Rye is the traditional bread for people from Germany east to Russia. Known as the rye belt, this is where most of the world’s rye is grown and consumed.
At Weatherbury Farm, we grow Danko Rye, which is a true milling-type rye with an interesting balance between spicy and bready. It is a favorite among beer makers and distillers; bakers, of course, love it to make authentic European-style rye breads.
Danko Rye is milled into whole and sifted rye flour. None of the flours milled at Weatherbury Farm are bleached.
Health benefits of Rye
People have undervalued the benefits of rye for a long time. However, today many people are starting to use it for its numerous health benefits. It can help you lose weight, boost your metabolism, control your glucose levels (good for fighting diabetes), and has a heart-healthy fiber which lowers cholesterol levels.
To read more about rye flour, please visit our products page.
More information on rye and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm is on the grains we grow page.