As part of the Vermont New Farmer Project’s ongoing webinar series, on 4/8/2015, Heather Darby provided an introductory presentation on how to get started with growing hops. Here presentation included establishment considerations, soil fertility, variety selection, pest management, and harvesting tips. The webinar recording is available on our Northwest Crops and Soils Program YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/SrSoy5wry3w
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
As samples have been coming in, however, we have noticed that many are above the recommended 8% to 10% moisture level for storage. Unfortunately, samples that exceed these moisture levels are very difficult to process and analyze. For example, it is almost impossible for us to grind the sample properly, leading to broken equipment.
Pictured above: Ground sample of hops dried to the proper moisture level of 8% to 10%. Note how the sample is light and crumbly. This is what we’re looking for!
Pictured above: Ground sample of hops that have too much moisture. Sticky, clumpy, almost sausage-like appearance.
Unfortunately, these types of samples also lead to inaccurate test results. So, before sending in your samples, please make sure they are dried properly. Here are some tips for preparing and submitting a hop sample.
1. We require 100 grams of hops, dried to 8% to 10% moisture level. Once you have dried down the hops and they are removed from the dryer, let them sit for a bit to cool to room temperature to let any heat dissipate from the hops. If samples are packaged immediately after removing from a heated dryer, they will likely condensate in the package and increase the moisture content of the hops. You can refer to our Hops Harvest Moisture Determination factsheet and Hops Harvest Moisture Online Calculator for help with hop dry matter determination. You may also visit our YouTube video for some reminders about determining dry matter: Determining Hop Harvest Moisture and Ideal Storage Dry Matter.
2. For the best test results, samples of dried hops should be frozen and/or packaged to avoid oxidation (ziploc or vacuum sealed) and shipped overnight. Please remember to plan your shipping so that your sample arrives to the lab during the work week between 8 am and 4:30 pm. Samples that arrive to the lab over the weekend are not opened until Monday.