Recruiting NE Hop Growers for Pest and Nutrient Management Project

Our University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops & Soils (NWCS) Team is currently recruiting Northeast hop growers for a 3-year NE-SARE project looking to advance pest and nutrient management strategies for Northeast hop production. As a participant, you will have access to the following opportunities. Complete an introductory survey that allows us to collect basic […]

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Six-Year Study Shows Hop Insect Patterns

Excited for the 2017 growing season? We are…and so are the bugs! We recently published our final Organic Hop Variety Trial Report that includes 6 years of data on disease, weed, and insect pest populations found in our hopyard, as well as yield and quality performance of more than 20 hop varieties we evaluated. Our […]

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Mark Your Calendar: 8th Annual Hop Conference, February 25, 2017

We invite you to join us for our 8th Annual Hop Conference scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017.  It will be held at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel in Burlington, VT, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. View our Conference flyer for details. This year’s conference will include both advanced and beginning sessions as well as hearing […]

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Ready for Hop Harvest?

It’s almost harvest time, folks! With such a hot, dry year, be prepared for some varieties to be ready earlier than usual. Remember to check the labels on any pesticides you are using to allow the appropriate window between the last pesticide application and harvest. Have you seen our fact sheet on determining when hops […]

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See Hops at Upcoming Annual Field Day, July 28

WHAT:  UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Field Day WHEN:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 TIME: 10 am to 3:30 pm WHERE: Borderview Farm, 146 Line Road, Alburgh, VT If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for our Annual Crops & Soils Field Day, register today, as it is just around the corner.  Our […]

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Hop Plant Growth Phases from Spring to Summer

As we’ve transitioned from spring to the official start of summer on June 21, our hops have been going through all sorts of physiological changes. Technically speaking, hop plants go through a number of growth phases throughout the year, called “phenophases.” Back in 1995, German researcher Rossbauer and colleagues published an article, outlining specific phenological […]

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Minor Pests = Minor Problems!

The three major pests of Northeastern hopyards—potato leafhoppers, two-spotted spider mites and hop aphids—can cause significant economic losses. For that reason, we keep a close eye on their populations in our research yard by scouting weekly. From time to time, other pests pop up in our hopyard, but because they don’t seem to affect yields, […]

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Potato Leafhoppers Have Arrived!

It is leafhopper season again and those pesky insects have been spotted at our research hopyard at Borderview Research Farm, in Alburgh, Vermont.  This is a great time to start scouting for insects as well as for disease to ensure proper management of all hop pests. So far, this season has not been conducive for […]

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Important Hop BULL-etin

Things are now in full swing at our hop yard at the Borderview Research Farm! Last week, we sprayed Avenger, an organic herbicide (OMRI listed), to set back the weeds in preparation for mulch application. We will go back through and hand weed up close to the plants before applying the mulch near the end […]

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Gearing Up for Training

Our hop bines have finally made an appearance and we are now gearing up for training. Hops in the Northeast should be trained as early as possible. Keep in mind that it takes about 30 days after crowning for plants to be ready to train, so if you haven’t crowned by now, skip it! In […]

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