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 […]

Holiday Closing of Testing Lab

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…

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Hello Hop Harvest!

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 […]

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.