Schmidt Farm Blog
Monday, January 01 2024
Winter in the hop yard is a time for rest and preparation for the busy spring season.
While the hop bines slumber beneath the soil, there are still some important tasks you can do to ensure a successful grow the following year. Here are some key things to focus on:
1. Maintain the crown:
2. Clean up and prep for spring:
3. Soil and drainage:
4. Planning and research:
5. Enjoy the break:
Remember, winter is also a time for rest and reflection. While the hop yard sleeps, you can take some time to relax, plan ahead, and dream of the delicious brews you'll create with your next harvest. Interested in hops to make your new craft beer, check out our Partner site at upstatehops.net
Monday, January 01 2024
Spring is a busy time in the hop yard, as it's the time for planting, pruning, and setting up trellises for the hops to climb. Here are some of the main things you'll need to do in your hop yard in spring:
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Sunday, February 08 2015
In early spring you will want to cut back your hop plant shoots but you will only want to cut back the correct ones. There are two types of shoots that will emerge from the hop plant. The first ones that come out are called "bull" shoots. These early shoots will be only a handfull, 3-5 per plant and they will have a hollow stem. You will want to scout the yard early to see when the shoots come out. Once you see some shoots emerging from the hill you will want to remove the dirt from the hill and locate the level of the 2nd set of shoots. They will be separated by inches if not more and the goal is to cut the hill between the two levels of shoots. By removing the early "Bull" shoots you are also removing any downey that may have attached to the plant during the winter. You will want to BE CAREFUL not to cut below the 2nd level of shoots, this will affect you'r yield. We recommend you remove the soil in one hill in ONE varieity, measuring the difference and then cutting above the 2nd level. Once you do one plant and identify the location where to cut, you can cut the rest with an automated tool such as a mower or weed eater. VERY IMPORTANT: This will be varieity specific so make sure you look and work per varieity becouse each one may be different and you will NOT want to cut the 2nd level of shoots by mistake.