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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Missed the 2016 VT Hop Conference? Proceedings are Now Available

If you missed the 2016 Vermont Hop Conference or would like to review some of the presentations, the online proceedings are now available. The 7th Annual Vermont Hop Conference was held on February 19, 2016 in Colchester, Vermont, and was organized by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program. It included […]

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Hopping into Spring with Crowning

Welcome to another hop season! We are gearing up for the growing season and first on the to-do list is spring crowning. As you know, Downy Mildew (DM) is a major concern for us in the Northeast and we must use every tool we have to manage it. DM can overwinter in the plant crown […]

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Don’t miss out on attending our Vermont Annual Hop Conference!

WHEN:  Friday, February 19, 2016 TIME:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration starting at 8:15 a.m. PLACE:  The Hampton Inn Vermont Event Center at 42 Lower Mountain View Drive, Colchester, VT 05446 Join us to hear information about hop agronomy and fertility management, hop growing challenges in England (including diseases), scaling-up production, updated hop research, […]

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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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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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