I presented an update on small-scale hops harvesters at the 2014 Northeast Hops Alliance (NEHA) Winter Meeting yesterday. We also talked a bit about drying and pelletizing at small scale. The presentation is available here.
A summary of harvesters is provided in the table below.
One of the really exciting things for me to see is the number of small-scale, mobile harvesters available to people is increasing. Mendon Precision, LLC (HopsHarvester.com), Wolverine, and LaGasse Works all have produced harvesters that they intend to have available in serial production.These are in addition to the Bine Implement and Steenland harvesters noted previously
This past year also saw more grower builds using the UVM mobile platform design including Aroostook Hops in Westfield, ME.