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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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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Hop Update: June 9, 2015

Greetings! At this time, our hops in Alburgh are growing quite quickly, up to 15-25 cm a day! During this period of vegetative growth up the strings, it is important to keep up good management practices. Ours include fertilizing, irrigating, weeding, spraying bio-fungicides, and scouting for insects and downy mildew. Our hops are currently being […]

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Potato Leafhoppers Have Arrived

Adult female potato leafhoppers (Empoasca fabae) arrived to the Borderview research farm in Alburgh between May 23 and May 26. To identify them, stick your hand in a hop plant and ruffle it around–you may see light colored potato leafhoppers fly out. Whether you have seen potato leafhopper yet or not, it is time to […]

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Training Days for Hops

In commercial hop yards, different cultivars are trained on specific dates in the spring.  Depending on whether a cultivar matures early, mid-season, or late, there is typically a particular range of days for those plants to start their upward growth. Getting the bines off the ground is also important for managing downy mildew. Training dates […]

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