Get on your IPM scouting hats — the forecasted weather over the next few days is prime for outbreaks of downy mildew! So, be sure scout your hops plants and be prepared to treat them. For a reminder of downy mildew ID and management, visit our factsheet: http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/DownyMildew.pdf
Be on the look out for Downy Mildew
For those of you who missed the Northeast Hop Alliance bulk rhizome purchase, there are still a few options available. Our website maintains a list of sources from where you can purchase hop rhizomes. Here is a run down of some of the local places:
Aroostook Hops, Westfield, ME has Nugget rhizomes for sale. Check out their website for pricing and availability.
Northeast Hop Alliance and Cornell Cooperative Extension - Live hop plants. Cascade, Fuggle, Liberty, Newport, Perle, and Willamette are being sold in 4-inch pots, and can be purchased for $5/plant, with a minimum of 30 plants/single variety. These plants are propagated from cuttings of virus-free stock purchased from the Washington State Clean Plant program. Live plant cuttings such as these are free of latent hop viruses and mildews. This is the best way to guarantee that you will start your hopyard with disease-free stock.
Sunnybrook Farm, Middlesex, VT - VOF certified organic hop rhizomes. Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, Kent Golding, Mt. Hood, and Magnum available for $4\each (plus shipping). Email Sunnybrook Farm, or call 802-310-6031.
Do you have rhizomes that you have harvested from your hopyard that you are interested in selling? Please feel free to post on the Vermont Hops Google Group (the group is not limited to Vermonters) or email me, and I’ll post it here.
Winter Spreading Ban Lifted
20 March 2012
WINTER SPREADING BAN LIFTED
As a result of unusually warm and dry weather, lack of snow and projected weather forecast over the next few weeks the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets in agreement with the Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Association of Conservation Districts is lifting the winter spreading ban that normally is in place until April 1st. According to Secretary Chuck Ross, “I am lifting the ban because I believe it will help farmers best manage their manure resources and is in the best interests of Vermont’s waterways.” David Mears, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed stating “Current conditions are favorable for manure application. Taking advantage of good weather now may prevent application of manure later when conditions may not be as good.”
The manure spreading ban is a regulation that has been in place since 1995 under the Accepted Agricultural Practice rules. Vermont was a leading state in developing such a ban, however in recent years several other states have been considering or adopting the idea. Research has shown that manure applications on frozen ground can increase the runoff potential. Vermont chose to select a ban period from December 15th to April 1st each year to protect water quality; however the Agency has discretion with those dates to accommodate these exact types of circumstances.
Farmers are reminded that Vermont’s Accepted Agricultural Practices Rules and medium and large farm permit requirements apply as appropriate including:
- Manure shall not be spread within 10 feet of the top of the bank of surface waters or within 25 feet at points of concentrated runoff on small farm operations
- Medium and Large farms shall not spread manure within 25 feet of the top of the bank of surface waters
- Manure shall not be applied in such a manner as to enter surface water
- Manure applied to land subject to annual overflow from adjacent waters shall be incorporated within 48 hours
- The Agency also highly recommends that the following practices be observed while the spreading ban is lifted:
- Avoid spreading manure during or just before rain events. Remember that manure cannot be spread in such a way as to run off the intended site during application.
- Where appropriate, incorporate manure as quickly as possible.
- Avoid spreading manure on fields that are subject to annual overflow from adjacent surface waters. Manure spread on annual crop land that is subject to annual overflow from adjacent surface waters shall be incorporated within 48 hours.
- Consider using split manure applications and reduced manure application rates.
- Do not apply to land that is still snow-covered or frozen.
Frost Seeding: A Cheap Alternative to Improve Pasture and Hayland
Looking for ways to increase forage quality and yield? Frost seeding is a good way to establish desirable species into an undisturbed sod at a low cost per acre. Read Dr. Darby’s article for specific information and to learn the key to increase the success of frost seeding establishment.
Registration now open for the 2012 UVM Extension Winter Hops Conference!
Registration is now open for the 2012 UVM Extension Winter Hops Conference! The event will take place on March 19, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT. For complete details, you can download the Winter Hops Conference flyer here.
Key Crop Insurance Dates Just In for 2012
UVM Extension 2012 Winter Hops Conference
We are very excited to announce that the 2012 UVM Extension Winter Hops Conference will take place on Monday, March 19th at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT. Please save the date! We have some great speakers lined up, click on link for more details.
NeHA bulk order
The Northeast Hop Alliance is preparing to place their Cooperative Purchasing order for both rhizomes and coir. If you did not reply to the Cooperative Purchasing survey, posted here in December, you may still place an order. If you did reply to the survey, that DOES NOT mean that you have placed an order. You can download the .pdf order form here, or the .docx version here.
Orders are due January 24, but it is preferred that you place your orders by January 20th. The rhizome quotes are very reasonable at $1.50/rhizome, with a 10% discount if you pay in full when you order (so $1.35/rhizome). Varieties available can be found on the order forms above. Coir orders must be paid in full at the time of ordering. W-Clips and Clip Applicators are also available through NeHA via Foothill Farms. Contact information is available on the order forms.
Also of note, Steve Miller, the New York State Hops Educator, has virus-free live plants available at $5.00 each, with a minimum order of 30 plants per variety, available in increments of 30. The available varieties are Fuggle, Cascade, Newport, Liberty, Willamette and Perle. Virus free hop cuttings ensure that you plant your hopyard with stock which is free of diseases such as downy and powdery mildew and hop latent virus. For more information, contact him by email.
If you miss the NeHA deadlines, Atlantic Hops is still offering rhizomes at a very competitive rate, and they have extended their ordering deadline to February 1st.
Now is also the time to be thinking about placing orders for your hopyard poles. Cedar and larch/tamarack are harvested when the ground is frozen, so talk to your logger soon! Steve Miller, the New York State Hops Educator has assembled this list of contacts. As he says, this is not an exhaustive list, nor is it an assurance of quality.
UVM Hops Baler!
I know it might not seem like it now, but time has a way of flying by, and the next thing you know, it will be hop harvesting season! If all things go as planned, your freezer will look akin to ours.
Hops, while light and fluffy, do occupy a lot of space. That’s why we partnered with the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to design a small-scale hops baler. Seniors in the Electrical Engineering (EE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) Programs in the School of Engineering at UVM take a year-long “capstone” course that challenges students to design and fabricate solutions to multidisciplinary problems. This unusual course is critical to preparation for the students’ post-academic world: it moves them from textbook assignments to project-driven activities typically experienced by an employed engineer; and it requires that they collaborate across typical academic boundaries and interact with working engineers.
SEED (Senior Experience in Engineering Design) is a products and systems design course. Projects originate as statements of need from regional companies, start-ups, individuals, state agencies and consumer groups, as well as faculty research groups. They are conducted by teams of students, typically three to five, with the direct, continuous involvement of our faculty as well as engineers and other professionals from partner organizations. The culmination of each project is a prototype device meant to address the stated need. Each May, the prototypes are formally presented and demonstrated the general public at Design Night, an event attended by hundreds from the University, the community, industry and state government. Now in its fifth year, SEED has become a renowned and climactic element in our students’ curriculum and an incubator for ongoing connections on campus and collaborations between UVM and industry.
We were lucky enough to get two teams working on this project. The first team has completed their prototype, and you can watch the YouTube video that Ian Pfeiffer and Brian Pinand made of their finished baler!
Ian and Brian will be at our Annual Winter Hops Conference to talk about their design. We are close to setting a date, stay tuned here for the official announcement!
This project was funded by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Agricultural Innovation Center through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, and these funds were secured through the efforts of Senator Patrick Leahy.
Preliminary Results from the UVM Extension Hops Variety Trial
The results are in folks! For the last year the UVM Extension Crops and Soils Team has been collecting extensive data on what hop varieties do well in the Northeast. Check out the preliminary results from UVM Extension Organic Hops Variety Trial! Keep in mind that these results are from a first year of production, and variety performance data from additional test sights over several years should be compared before you make a conclusion.