Hops

Hops

High-quality hops are an essential component of craft beer. This site provides region-specific information for those currently growing hops, as well as those interested in this specialty horticultural crop.

Hop Yard Field Day June 14
  • 2019 Hop Yard Field Day at Virginia Tech, 9-2:30. Join us for our 4th annual hops production field day/open house, June 14th, 2019. Topics include hops handling for quality and food safety, scouting for pests and pathogens, a review of our cultivars, and much more. All for $35 - lunch included! You must register through this link by June 10th: https://tinyurl.com/VCE-2019-HOP

    Morning program starts at the Virginia Tech, Urban Horticulture Center - 1004 Old Mill Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Lunch (included) and afternoon sessions will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn – 900 Plantation Road, Blacksburg VA 24060 (less than 2 miles from the hop yard!)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Program
    9:00am- Welcome/ introductions, overview of the research program and hop yard (Holly Scoggins) –1004 Old Mill Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060
    9:30am- Pest & disease issues on hops, resources available, scouting techniques, and sample submission protocol (Elizabeth Bush & Eric Day)
    10:00am- Walk the yard- discuss cultivar trials, layout, and growing practices used
    10:40am- Irrigation considerations- discussion of our system & newest publication (Daniel Jackson)
    11:10am- Utilizing the USAHops food safety module to self-assess your hop yard (Laura Siegle and Holly Scoggins)
    11:40am- Harvesting and processing hops- demonstration and discussion of our hop harvester and oast (Daniel Jackson & John James)
    12:15pm- Depart for Hilton Garden Inn (900 Plantation Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060)
    12:30pm- Lunch
    1:00pm- Agritourism and liability concerns (Kelli Scott)
    1:30pm- Brushup: Basic weed ID and review of the rules for legal pesticide applications (Laura Siegle)
    2:00pm- Designing a pesticide spray schedule (Daniel Jackson)
    2:30pm- Adjourn for tour of Eastern Divide Brewing (3175 Commerce St, Blacksburg, VA 24060)

    Again, you must pre-register to attend. Just $35 includes catered lunch and all materials. Register by June 10th. Link to register: https://tinyurl.com/VCE-2019-HOP Hope to see you there! If you have questions about the event or if you would like assistance finding your local Extension office to access Extension services, please feel free to contact; Dr. Holly Scoggins, hopyard@vt.edu, (540) 231-5783

    If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Holly Scoggins at (540) 231-5783/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120

  • VT News Daily: Students develop open-source hops dryer design to share with growers everywhere
  • Irrigation Considerations for Commercial Hop Producers: new publication available!
  • 2018 Virginia Grower Survey results are now available and summarized in a publication.
  • SURVEY FOR VIRGINIA BREWERS: In an effort to better serve the brewing industry and support the sustainability of local hop and barley growers, we are asking brewers to consider participating in a brief brewer preference survey being conducted by Michigan State University and serving our state directly. This is a web-based research survey designed to track preferences and sentiments for different attributes of local brewing inputs. This research will assist growers in better serving the needs of brewers in the region. This survey is completely confidential: Researchers will not have access to your name. At no point will data be linked with your name. The data will only be released in summary. Proceeding with the following web-based survey will imply your consent to participate in this study. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is voluntary.  You can discontinue the survey at any time without reprisal or penalty.
  • NEW: "Bine and Dine!" Monthly Hop Webinar Series: Michigan State University Extension is proud to announce a new in-season webinar series to assist Michigan growers with real-time feedback and field updates all season long. Join us for the Bine and Dine webinar series on the first Monday of each month (April-September) from 12-1 PM EST for a discussion on current conditions and a look ahead to upcoming management milestones and emerging pests. Recordings of the webinar will also be available to registrants unable to attend live. The series is free, but registration is required. Registrants will receive email notification with instructions for joining the webinar. To register, visit: https://events.anr.msu.edu/Hopwebinarseries2019/
  • Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Hops, Berry, and Vegetable Growers – Webinar Recording from Northeastern IPM Center
  • Virginia Produce Safety resource page has launched. This site may be useful to growers who supply brewers and have food safety questions.
  • Virginia Hops Budget (XLSX)
    and NEW accompanying User Notes for Small-scale Virginia Commercial Hops Production Enterprise Budgets and Financial Statements
  • User Notes for Small-scale Virginia Commerical Hops Production Enterprise Budgets and Financial Statements (DOCX)

Virginia Hop Growers in the News*

*News articles are shared to provide context for the increased public attention towards this crop. Virginia Cooperative Extension is not responsible for the content of these items and does not endorse these products/producers/services and does not intend discrimination against other products/producers/services.  

Hops Analysis from Virginia Tech Enology Analytical Laboratory: The Virginia Tech Enology Analytical Services Laboratory was established in 2006 to serve the needs of the growing Virginia Wine Industry. At the request of hop growers and Virginia Cooperative Extension, hops analysis was added to the lab’s standard analytical services. The lab can report on moisture, acids, and essential oils from samples submitted and the lab website provides an overview of sampling procedures, testing options, and results interpretation.

Publications: Virginia Cooperative Extension’s hops publications can be found under “Featured Publications” on the sidebar to the right of this page. Our publications include an industry factsheet, a Virginia pest management guide, a weed control guide, and more. Additional useful publications from out-of-state programs can be found under the “Websites” tab.

Soil Testing: This service is available for hops, and samples submitted with the crop code for hops (code 75) will return with fertilizer and lime recommendations based upon soil test results. For information about this service and sampling instructions, visit the Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab webpage. To submit a sample, you will need the correct sample box and form, which you can obtain from your local Extension office.

Weed Identification Clinic, Plant Disease Clinic, and Insect Identification Lab: Each of these services from Virginia Tech can be accessed via your local Extension agent, who can provide you with guidance about proper sampling and submission procedures. Find your nearest Extension office.

Resource for Loudon County: Hops Suitability Model for examining the potential hop-growing suitability of sites within the county.

Industry Groups

  • Old Dominion Hops Cooperative: This Virginia-based grower organization provides networking and education, promotes the crop to stakeholders and brewers, and offers educational opportunities to growers.
  • Loudoun Hops Association: This Northern Virginia-based grower organization provides support, education, and networking to growers and aims to meet local demand with a high-quality product.
  • Northeast Hop Alliance: NeHA is a coalition of growers, brewers, and stakeholders interested in supporting commercial hops production in the Northeast U.S.
  • Southern Appalachian Hops Guild: A grower association made up of small scale hop farmers and brewers whose mission is to further the cultivation and share good growing practices of hops in the Eastern U.S.
  • Hop Growers of America: A trade organization for hop growers which provides education, grower support, statistics, and trade information.

State and Federal Agencies and Programs

These agencies offer services, technical support, and programs which may be of use to hop growers.

To see our Virginia resources, view “Featured Publications” on the right sidebar, click on “Services,” and click on “Agencies and Organizations.”

Below, you will find a list of more out-of-state hops Extension programs and publications which may also be helpful to Virginia growers.

Hops Extension Pages from Nearby States

More Useful Links from Nearby States