Western North Carolina HOPS tour Saturday July 16

Published 9:59 am Friday, July 8, 2011

The Western North Carolina Hops Tour will be held Saturday, July 16 from 9 – 11 a.m..
Extension Horticulture Specialists from NC State University have created a research planting, which contains hop plants in Mills River, N.C. The new hops yard is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station near the Asheville Airport.
The trellis system is one of the more difficult aspects of growing hops.Personnel and researchers will show potential growers the in’s and out’s of the trellis set up at the research station.
The trellis design, the trellis hardware and how the plants are arranged, will all be aspects of the tour.
There are 10 different hop varieties to observe in the planting. In addition there will be current growers who will address production issues such as insects, diseases and weed control.
For directions on how to reach the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station contact you Polk County Extension Center at 894-8218. Whether you are a hobby brewer, an existing hops grower or just someone interested in hops, don’t miss this opportunity.
– article submitted
by John Vining

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