[Market-farming] Hops

Brian Luton bcluton at aol.com
Wed Jan 30 07:31:58 EST 2013


If you haven't already looked into it there is a great group called the Northeast Hop Alliance.  Event listings, resources, links, etc. everything geared towards rebuilding hop production in the northeast. Also Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County hired its first Hop Specialist within the last year or so.  He's available to help growers get up and going with hops. 

We've had a few "backyard" vines here and there for a few years but nothing major. There's been probably five new hop yards that I've seen pop up around here in the last two years.(CNY area). 

If I were to prioritize my experiences it would be;

- as with any perennial crop get your soil and weed control headed in the right direction pre-planting
- be prepared to aggressively cut back and remove annual growth and don't hesitate to hack back the new rhizome shoots each spring leaving one to three shoots per "hill"
- be prepared with a trellis/growth structure.  A BIG one. Most of the new growers around here are using a telephone pole style system with heavy gauge top wire. They'll then drop lines down off that vertically to each hill.  
- sample many hoppy beers(its critical market research of course!)

Brian

On Jan 17, 2012, at 3:28 PM, Heather Grant <hgrant77 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is anyone on this list experienced with growing Hops?  My husband and I are planting 50 new rhizomes this Spring- this is a new venture for us.  Just wondering if anyone has dabbled in this area- tips, advice, etc...?  
> 
> H. Grant
> Grant Farms
> Linwood, NY (finger lakes region)
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