Posted: March 27th, 2015 by hoppenin
As part of the Vermont New Farmer Project’s ongoing webinar series, UVM Extension’s Heather Darby will provide an introductory presentation on how to get started with growing hops. This will include setting up a trellis system, soil fertility, variety selection, pest management, harvesting, and post-harvest management.
The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Beth Holtzman at 802-223-2389 or 800-866-1632 by April 6 so we may assist you.
Posted: March 25th, 2015 by hoppenin
Proceedings from the 6th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are now available online. The online proceedings include video recordings and PDFs of all conference presentations. They can be accessed for a one-time fee of $35 at eXtension’s Online campus at: http://campus.extension.org. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email. Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings by going to http://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=1131. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system. Contact Deb Heleba with any questions about the proceedings.
Posted: February 11th, 2015 by hoppenin
We’ve had a few updates to our list of sources of folks selling rhizomes, including Anjali Farms & Lotus Moon Medicinals in South Londonderry and Sunnybrook Farm in Middlesex (certified organic Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, Kent Golding, Mt. Hood, Magnum, available April/May when the snow melts; $4/each not including shipping – min order $20). Also, the folks at US Hop Source have extended their order deadline to February 20 — you can contact them at 970-497-0691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of February 20, don’t forget that the 6th Vermont Hop Conference is just around the corner — be sure to register ASAP at: www.uvm.edu/extension/hopsconference.
Keep calm and hop on!
Posted: January 23rd, 2015 by hoppenin
It’s time to order Hop Rhizomes…if you haven’t already done so! Some nurseries have already sold out; others have order deadlines that are fast approaching. Below is a list of sources for hop rhizomes. If you are a rhizome producer and we missed you in our list – let us know!
- Aroostook Hops, Westfield, ME
- Blue Ridge Hops, Marshall, NC (Certified Organic)
- Crosby Hop Farm, Woodburn, OR
- Foothill Hops, Munnsville, NY
- Freshops, Philomath, OR
- Gorst Valley Hops, Mazomanie, WI
- Left Fields Farm, Sorrento, BC (Only ships within Canada)
- Northwest Hops, Hubbard, OR
- Organarchy Hops, Oldtown, MD (Certified Organic)
- RNV Enterprises, WA
- Summit Plant Labs, Fort Collins, CO (Disease-free hop plugs!)
- Thyme Garden Herb Company, Alsea, OR (Organic)
- US Hop Source, 970-497-0691 or email@example.com (Indexed virus free Cascade, also a supplier of used Wolf harvesting equipment)
Additional Sources (especially for Home Growers):
In addition, several sources are also starting to sell live potted plants. For example, Cornell Cooperative Extension has teamed up with the local greenhouse to offer potted hop plants: http://www.northeasthopalliance.org/item/873582. Another NY greenhouse is also offering plants: http://www.northeasthopalliance.org/item/873619.
And remember, the best first defense to keeping diseases out of your hopyard is to use planting material certified free of HSVd and other viruses!
Posted: January 8th, 2015 by hoppenin
Please mark your calendars for February 20, 2015 for our 6th Annual Vermont Hops Conference. It will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont.
You can check the conference website at: www.uvm.edu/extension/hopsconference… you can even register now!
Posted: January 6th, 2015 by hoppenin
Happy New Year!
The folks at Michigan State University Extension are offering a webinar on Tuesday, January 13 at 1 pm ET called, “Your Lungs, Your Life: Respiratory Disease in Hop Growing and Processing.”
The one-hour webinar will include speakers Carolyn Whitaker and Dr. Dave Bonauto from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program.
In this webinar, you will learn how to keep your lungs healthy while growing and processing hops. It will cover what to watch for, when to see a doctor, hop jobs associated with respiratory disease, and what you can do to protect yourself and employees.
No registration is required and the program is free. Simply click the following link five minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin https://connect.msu.edu/erinlizotte. Please sign in as a guest using your first name and state of residence. You will need a computer with internet access, a web browser (e.g. Explorer, Safari) and speakers. Don’t worry if you aren’t available on January 13th, the webinar recording will be made available at hops.msu.edu.
Posted: December 19th, 2014 by hoppenin
Please note that the UVM Cereal Grain Testing Laboratory will be closed for the holidays beginning Monday, Dec 22, 2014 and reopening Monday, Jan 5, 2015. It would be best to hold on to your hop samples until after the 5th. Thanks.
Best wishes for happy holidays! And, keep calm and hop on…
Posted: October 6th, 2014 by hoppenin
Hey all, If you haven’t seen it yet, WCAX, our local CBS affiliate, highlighted our hop research in a recent “Sunday Science” feature. Take a look!
Sunday Science: Researching local hops – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports.
Posted: August 14th, 2014 by hoppenin
We tested ~ 30g of our early varieties on August 8th and harvested our first Saaz plot of the season on August 12th at the research hopyard in Alburgh, VT. Several of our early and mid-season varieties are ready to harvest.
Please continue to practice meticulous hop processing so that our local brewers have excellent hops this year!
A few harvesting tips to ensure high quality:
- Take pre-harvest moisture samples (see our Hop Harvest Readiness Factsheet)
- Cut down only what you can pick that same day
- Keep your cut hops out of the sun
- Dry your hops to 8% moisture
- Seal your dried hops or pellets and freeze
Check out our easy to use online harvest moisture calculator or download your own copy.