Crops

At Riggers Clearwater Farms, we raise a diverse variety of crops including red and white wheat, malt and feed barley, canola, dry peas, lentils and Kentucky Bluegrass Seed. Our farm uses a five-year, stacked rotation that consists of winter wheat, winter wheat, malting barley, spring wheat and a fifth year rotational crop such as peas, lentils or canola.

The stacked rotation was pioneered by South Dakota State Professor, Dr. Dwayne Beck. The rotation is designed to control weeds and manage diseases. This disease and weed control is facilitated by the three-year gap between successive winter wheat crops.

In any given year about 10% of our farm is in a perennial crop such as Kentucky Blue Grass Seed.

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Grass Seed

Grass Seed

Kentucky Blue Grass seed is a perennial crop. It is used primarily for the planting of lawns and golf courses. Kentucky Blue Grass is very useful in limiting soil erosion on steep farmland. We also raise crested wheat grass, which is used for reclamation seeding following forest and range fires.

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Lentils

Lentils

A small flat, legume used in the production of soups and also as a major source of protein in certain regions of the world.

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Peas

Peas

A small, spherical legume grown for human consumption. Dry, green peas are harvested in the late summer. Peas are used as a cheap source of protein in countries like India and Columbia. They are also split and used for soups and other domestic food products.

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Canola

Canola

Originally a specialty crop from Canada, Canola is an edible oil seed which is used in the production of cooking oils and bio fuel. The meal left over after the oil crushing process is used to feed livestock. The name “canola” is an acronym derived from the term “CANadian Oil, Low Acid.”

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Barley

Barley

A cereal grain planted in the spring and harvested in the summer months. Barley is used for animal feed and as a malt grain for beer and other beverages. Malting barley must meet several industry, quality standards.

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Spring Wheat

Spring Wheat

A cereal grain planted in the spring and harvested in the late summer. Hard red spring wheat has a higher protein content than other wheats. It is used in breads and pastas. On Riggers Clearwater Farms we raise hard red spring and soft white spring wheat.

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Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

A cereal grain planted in the fall season that sprouts before the winter and then remains dormant until the spring. Winter wheat is used in products such as bread and pastas. We raise several different classes of winter wheat including hard red winter and soft white wheat.