Mark Your Calendars: NeHA Annual Meeting at Cornell Hops Conference, 12/5/15

The annual conference of the Northeast Hops Alliance will be held in conjunction with Cornell University’s Annual Hops Conference, scheduled for December 5, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, New York. This is a great opportunity to network with brewers, educators, and hop growers, as well as to […]

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Hop Harvesting Field Day, September 11, 2015

Please join us for a informal Hop Harvesting Field Day! We will hold this informal event on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Borderview Research Farm, 146 Line Road, Alburgh, Vermont. Come learn about and share your experiences with harvesting and drying hops.  We will demonstrate how to test […]

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Hop Cone Disease Symptoms

Why are my hop cones black? Harvest is approaching quickly and for some may be well underway! This season’s wet conditions have resulted in high disease pressure on the hop plants. These diseases are now starting to show up on the cones of the plant. At this time, we have identified primary fungi downy mildew […]

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Getting Ready for Harvest: Smell, Touch, Hear, & Measure

Timing is critical to harvesting high quality Northeastern hops, as is paying close attention to drying, packaging, and storing the harvest. Our hops at the Alburgh research farm are not quite ready to harvest yet. We predict that the harvest of early maturing varieties will begin at the end of next week (the week of […]

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Hops Production course at VTC

Vermont Technical College asked if we would please share the information on a Hops course they are offering on August 10-11, 2015.  Following is the course information, as well as their contact information. Hops Production. August 10-11, 2015. $200. Description: Two day introductory course in small scale hop farming in the Northeast. Day one will […]

Biopesticides: A Natural Alternative

Biological pesticides, or biopesticides, are pest management tools derived from animals, plants, bacteria, and/or naturally occurring minerals. Many common biopesticides uses microorganisms like entomopathogenic bacteria, fungi, nematodes or viruses as their active ingredients. The most widely used microbial pesticides are derived from Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. Each strain of this soil bacterium produces a different […]

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Come On Over to Our Hopyard, 7/23

Join us this Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for our annual Crops and Soils Field Day at the Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh. The day will include tour stops to our hopyard where we will discuss critical hop insect and disease pests and our research–including new trials on bio fungicides–to […]

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3 Things that Matter in Pest Scouting: Location, Location, Location

“There are three things that matter in property: location, location, location.” We have found that location also matters in growing hops, particularly this spring. Southern Vermont has been exceptionally dry for long periods, while northern parts of our region have been soggy, to say the least. The cool, wet conditions that we’ve been experiencing in […]

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Time to Manage Downy Mildew

Question: Have we mentioned yet how critical downy mildew management is to the success of our Northeast hopyards? Answer: Yes, but the importance of managing this disease cannot be overstated–downy mildew can wipe out your crop for the year and even cause hill death in sensitive varieties, so please be on the lookout. Our bulletin, […]

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Downy mildew protection and early-season fertility

Are your hops already skyrocketing out of the ground? Ours are! While it might seem that there isn’t much to do until the hops are ready for training, it is important to be vigilant in fighting disease. This week we plan to spray Champ WG copper-based fungicide on our yard as a preventative measure against […]