Hops: A Potential Alternative Crop for Alabama Producers

Jim Rogers Alabama, Hops, Research

According to Alabama Extension, research specialists will conduct a hops cultivar trial in the hop yard of the E.V. Smith Research and Extension Center in Shorter, Alabama this year. There will also be a workshop conducted at a later date, training growers on cultivar selection and crop management. The research is in response to increased interest for hops production throughout …

Hops Future in North Carolina? N.C. State Researcher Optimistic

Jim Rogers Hops, North Carolina

By Clint Thompson The potential of new high-yielding hops varieties has N.C. State Associate Professor and Extension specialist Jeanine Davis optimistic about the crop’s future in North Carolina. “The growers are very excited because these yields are as high, and in some cases, higher than yields we’re often seeing in say Michigan and New York,” Davis said. “I think if …

Hops on Display: See a Unique Crop at Florida Ag Expo

Clint Thompson Florida, Hops, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Hops research, seven years in the making at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida, will be on display at Florida Ag Expo on Nov. 18. Jack Rechcigl, GCREC center director, said one of the highlights of the Expo will be the hops …

Hops Research: UF/IFAS Scientist Discusses Challenges, Advancements of Crop

Clint Thompson Florida, Hops, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Hops research at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is still in its infancy, but progress has been made. In fact, the main hurdle for hops to become a sustainably viable crop is for investment into a processing facility, says Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS assistant professor of horticulture. “Even if we find a …

Nematode Management in Florida Hops

Clint Thompson Florida, Hops, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Like other specialty crops grown throughout Florida, hops are not immune to nematode damage. However, they may be able to tolerate them better than others, says Johan Desaeger, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida (UF) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. “One thing that we noticed with hops, and I think that’s …

UF Hops Produces Tasty Craft Beer

Clint Thompson Florida, Hops, Top Posts

BALM, Fla. — A somewhat bitter beer produced from hops grown at the University of Florida (UF) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is just what UF scientists want. UF scientists showed the latest research results from their hops studies on Tuesday. Craft beer lovers want details about taste and aroma. UF/IFAS researchers see an increase in alpha acid in …

Update on Hop Variety Trials, Breeding

Clint Thompson Florida, Hops, Top Posts

By Zhanao Deng, Shinsuke Agehara, Hugh Smith, Gary Vallad, Johan Desaeger, Zhengfei Guan, Jack Rechcigl and Simon Bollin In 2015, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) began field trials to grow hops in Central Florida. A research and Extension team consisting of approximately 20 faculty and staff members (Figure …

Florida Hops Show Potential

Ashley Robinson Florida, Hops, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Shinsuke Agehara Craft beer brewed with Florida hops sounds very attractive. But can hops be grown in Florida? Will the crop produce high yields? The most important question is: Will it be profitable? There are lots of rumors, myths and hype about growing hops in the Sunshine State. That’s probably because hops have never been grown commercially in Florida …