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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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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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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