Having trouble with Japanese Beetles?

Take a deep breath; help is on the way! While scouting a hopyard in central Vermont, UVM Extension Entomologist Scott Lewins photographed these Japanese beetles last week with some deadly companions on their backs (Figure 1). The white dots on the thorax of the Japanese beetle in the picture are eggs of a parasitic fly brought […]

Field Day Hop Irrigation Guest Speaker

We are excited to announce that Trevor Hardy from Brookdale Fruit Farm will be at our Annual Crops and Soil Field Day THIS THURSDAY, July 24th in Alburgh, VT.  He owns an irrigation company in Hollis, NH and will be sharing his expertise on the important topics of irrigation and fertigation. Please join us!  

July 2014 Hop Update

Disease: Downy mildew is our biggest pest problem this year in Vermont. Due to the lasting rainy weather, we continue to see aerial and basal spikes appear. For disease control in the Alburgh, VT research hopyard, we spray an organic fungicide weekly. We also have a new crowning trial this season that you can check […]

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Irrigation

We began irrigating on the week of June 1st and will continue to irrigate until harvest at the end of August. Hops require a lot of water! We strongly recommend that you irrigate, and once you are done, irrigate some more. Chris Lattak of the Trickl-eez irrigation company recommends 16 gallons per plant per week. […]

Yellow, stunted basal spike = downy mildew.

2013 UVM Mobile Hops Harvester Summary

The UVM Mobile Hops Harvester visited six hop yards this year, harvesting approximately 400 dry pounds of hops over a 4 week period, plus harvesting the UVM research hop yard. This harvester, developed as a result of a Northeast Hops Alliance, UVM Extension, VT Agency of Ag Food and Markets, and MA Department of Agriculture […]

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Hops Quality Analysis available now at UVM Lab!

Hops Quality Analysis is now available through the UVM Lab. At this time we have one test available for Brewing Values (BV’s). This test determines Alpha acids, Beta acids and Hops Storage Index (HSI) and cost $30 for each sample. We follow the ASBC Hops-6a methodology to ensure accuracy for all values.  Click here for […]

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Massachusetts Hops Field Day

Join us for a tour of Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA with the L’Etoile family on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Learn about growing hops, including planning, budgeting, building the hop yard, picking/harvesting, drying, compacting and packaging.  Equipment demonstrations include a Wolf harvester, customer built drying system and compactor. The […]

Hops Crowning Video

Here is the link to the hops crowning video : Crowning is used as an early season preventative measure against downy mildew.  In this video,  Dr. Heather Darby describes what downy mildew is, and some warning signs to look for when evaluating your hop plants. Unfortunately, we did recognize downy mildew on some of our […]

2013 Hops Data Collection Booklet

Greetings Fellow Hoppers, Now available is a 2013 Hops Production Diary. This booklet can be very helpful in tracking patterns and practices in your hopyard. It’s a great way to keep all your information in one place; from field history, to scouting, to a page for every variety, and much much more! Our goal is […]

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