Japanese Beetles in Hops in the Northeast

The Japanese beetle (Popillia Japonica) can be a significant economic pest in Northeastern hop yards. Japanese beetles begin to show up in Vermont at the very end of June or early July, and are most active on warm, sunny days. We spotted a Japanese beetle in our hop yard at Borderview Farm on July 1. […]

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Potato Leafhoppers have Arrived!

It is leafhopper season again and those pesky insects have been spotted at our research hop yard 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 […]

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Early Season Management

Now is a great time to prepare for the upcoming season as plants are beginning to come out of dormancy. If you haven’t ordered your coir for the season, now is the time to do so while also taking inventory of other necessary tools and supplies such as w-clips, applicators, and pruners to name a […]

What to be on the lookout for in your hop yard

The three major arthropod pests of hops in the Northeast are Potato Leafhopper (PLH), Two-spotted Spider Mites (TSSM), and Hop Aphids (HA). This incidence of these pests in hop yards is based on the weather conditions, and we found that the hop aphids preferred cool and moist conditions and populations peaked around the time of […]

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Scouting for Downy Mildew

Scouting for downy mildew in the hop yard. Now that the growing season is underway, it is important to be on the lookout for downy mildew! This spring has been very rainy, and the excess moisture on the hop plants creates ideal conditions for downy mildew infections. Downy mildew produces spores in warm, moist conditions […]

Stringing and Training Hops

Stringing often starts in April for many farmers in the Northeast. Stringing consists of tying coir twine to the top supporting wire of the hop trellis and stapling the bottom of twine into the ground next to the hop plant.  Depending on trellising style and setup, 1-4 strings will be run to each crown, though […]

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Crowning and Early Season Downy Mildew Control

Hop downy mildew is currently the biggest disease concern for Northeastern hop growers.  Downy mildew overwinters in the hop crown and primary inoculum will be released from the first shoots. Removal of the infected crown or the first flush of spring hop growth is called “crowning” or “scratching”. Shoot removal is used as an early season preventative measure […]

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10th Annual Hop Conference

We wanted to share a reminder for the upcoming 10th Annual Hop Conference scheduled for Thursday, February 21st. You can now view the Detailed Agenda for the day. Register today at www.regonline.com/2019hopconference   Registration fees are $75 per person, $65 per NeHA member and $35 for the live broadcast. This year’s live broadcast will be […]

Hop Field Day

Establishing Your Hop Yard – Friday, 9/28/18, 10am to 12pm Champlain Valley Hops is a growing hop farm in Starksboro, Vermont. The farm goals are to grow and process quality hop products for Vermont brewers. They are currently in the process of improving their land, building hop trellises and planting hops. Join UVM Extension Northwest […]

Malt Barley and Hop Quality at Annual Field Day

Malt Barley and Hop Quality is just one of the afternoon sessions you can choose to attend at the Annual Crops & Soils Field Day on July 26th at Borderview Farm in Alburgh, VT.  Andrew Peterson of Peterson Quality Malt will talk about malt barley quality and scouting for grain diseases. The NWCS team will […]