2013 Hops Production Diary
Following is a link to a data collection booklet for hops production. This booklet was created in collaboration of Cornell University and the University of Vermont. Funding was provided from a USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.
2013 Hops Production Diary (Word)
2013 Hops Production Diary (PDF)
Hops production was common throughout the Northeast in the 1800s. However, today most hops production occurs in the Pacific Northwest. Renewed interest and demand for local hops is breathing new life into an otherwise “historical” crop. To increase hops production in the Northeast, the UVM Extension Crops and Soils Team is developing an outreach and applied research program for hops. Public interest in sourcing local foods also extends into beverages, and craft brewing is on the rise in conjunction with the expanding market. The Northeast Hop Alliance, in association with Cornell University, conducted a survey in 2002 which reported that the majority of breweries would be willing to pay a premium of between 5 – 10% for regional hops. The expanding craft brewing market and the strength of the localvore movement have outlined a need to investigate the viability for hops production in the area. We received an USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative grant in partnership with Washington State University, Colorado State University, and Michigan State University with a goal of developing organic hop agronomic practices and recommendations. We have also received funds for our research through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Specialty Crops Program to build a small-scale hops harvester. The Vermont Agricultural Innovations Center has also been a key partner in enabling a lot of our outreach programs, and thanks to their support, we are in the process of designing other small-scale hops processing prototypes. The blueprints to these designs are publicly available on our wiki site. The Northeast IPM Center has also been a partner in the development of integrated pest management practices in hopyards. We continue to work toward discovering the most viable varieties for both organic and conventional hops production in our region. Ultimately we hope to find cultivars that combine disease resistance, high yields, and desirable brewing attributes. We are also investigating various fertility and pest management strategies for organic hop production. Check back here frequently for more information and updates, and subscribe to our hops blog!
Check out what UVM Extension NW Crops and Soils Team has been doing:
Organic Fungicides and Hops (.pdf)
News from the field!
Proceedings from the February 22, 2013 Winter Hops Conference at the Essex
Proceedings from the March 19, 2012 Winter Hops Conference at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center
Proceedings from the February 18, 2011 Winter Hops Conference at the Trapp Family Lodge
Proceedings from the March 26, 2010 Winter Hops Conference: Hopping To It!
- Hop Trellising and Budgets by Edward Page, through Ron Godin’s site at Colorado State (Great pictures)
- Hopyard Construction: Budgeting and Economics by Edward Page and Ron Godin (Similar to the above, except with Year 3 results from the low-trellis trials)
- University of Minnesota has been doing research on low-trellis vs. high-trellis hopyards. Find out more about their work here. Also includes a Trellis Cost Calculator!
- Watch Roger Rainville construct the UVM Extension research hopyard on YouTube!
- Roger Rainville’s presentation on building a hopyard from the 2011 Winter Hops Conference
- Aroostook Hops in Maine received a Northeast SARE Farmer Grant. Their findings on the importance of irrigation in a Northeastern hopyard are well worth a read!
- Applegate Hops, OR. Certified organic rhizomes: Cascade, Centennial, Sterling, Nugget and US Golding. $2.50/rhizome, or $2/rhizome for orders over 500. Website coming soon! In the meantime, to place an order, call 541-899-9144 or email Applegate Hops
- Aroostook Hops, Westfield, ME
- Atlantic Hops, Larchmont, NY
- Blue Ridge Hops, Marshall, NC
- Crosby Hop Farm, Woodburn, OR
- Foothill Hops, Munnsville, NY
- Freshops, Philomath, OR
- Gorst Valley Hops, Mazomanie, WI
- Main Street Homebrew Supply Co., Hillsboro, OR
- Northwest Hops, Hubbard, OR
- South Royalton Market, South Royalton, VT
- Summit Plant Labs, Fort Collins, CO (Disease-free hop plugs!)
- Thyme Garden Herb Company, Alsea, OR
- Vermont Homebrew Supply, Winooski, VT
- Pest scouting video with Scott Lewins and Savanna Kittell-Mitchell!
- Field Guide for Integrated Pest Management in Hops (from Washington State University)
- Hop Pest Management (University of Idaho)
- Hop Disease Index (Oregon State University Extension)
- Insects in Hops by N.L. Rothwell (Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station)
- Order “Compendium of Hop Diseases and Pests” from the American Phytopathological Society
- Check out UVM Extension’s Instructional Wiki for blueprints for a small-scale harvester, small-scale balers, and a small-scale oast!
- Watch UVM Extension’s YouTube video on determining hop harvest moisture and ideal storage dry matter!
- Determining Hop Dry Matter (from Oregon Hop Commission)
- Hop Harvest Readiness blog post from What’s Hoppening, UVM Extension’s hops blog
- UVM Extension’s Hop Harvest Moisture Calculator (online tool)
- UVM Extension’s Hop Harvest Moisture Calculator (.xlsx)
- Solar hops dryer designed by Richard Andrews as part of the Colorado State University’s Specialty Crops Program
General Hoppy Information
Organizations of Note
Hops Feasibility Study
Rosalie J. Wilson Business Development Services developed a Feasibility and Market Research Study For Commercial Hops Production in New England with money from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
Dr. Heather Darby and Rosalie Madden on Across the Fence, November 22, 2011:Updates on UVM Extension hops research and results from a first year of data.
Watch our Photo Slideshows!
Hop tour to Washington’s Yakima Valley, September 2010