It’s a Wet One!

Well, 2016 was a droughty growing season, but so far 2017 is shaping up to be quite the opposite. This damp weather can be a problem for a few reasons but especially because it creates a haven for downy mildew infection which can greatly reduce harvest yield. Since mid-April, we have forecasted that 45% of […]

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Beware of Bull Shoots!

Due to the cold, wet weather this spring, our hops have been a little slow to emerge from the ground, but they’re finally ready to train! If you’ve been looking at your hopyard and thinking the same thing, be cautious of bull bines. These bines are the first shoots to emerge from the ground in […]

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Got Downy Mildew?

As you know from previous What’s Hoppening posts, the first signs that a plant is infected with downy mildew will be basal spikes. But these are not the only symptoms of downy mildew. As the season progresses, aerial spikes and infected leaves will begin to appear. Like basal spikes, aerial spikes are indicative of systemic […]

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April Showers Bring May…Downy Mildew

Although the rain is a welcome change from last year, all this moisture indicates that it is prime downy mildew season! Since April 15, we have had 8 days with a high likelihood for infection at the hopyard at Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh, VT, compared to only 2 at this point last year. Downy […]

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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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Summertime and the Living is Easy…Especially if You’re a Two Spotted Spider Mite

As we are approaching the hottest time of year, with temperatures projected for the 90’s midweek, it is a great time to remind you to be on the lookout for two spotted spider mites. These tiny cousins of spiders also produce webbing, though spider mites use it to protect themselves (from the elements, natural enemies […]

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