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Spring Cleaning At The Rogue Farms Hopyard

Signs of life are stirring in the Hopyard. The Honeybees are flying again and the farm hands are back to work in the hop rows.


The Rogue Farms Hopyard in winter.
The Rogue Farms Hopyard in winter.

The cover crop of winter wheat we planted last fall has held up well against the winter elements, protecting the soil from wind and rain erosion.

A typical day involves pulling weeds, checking the tension of trellis wires and inspecting the Hopyard poles to figure out which ones need replacing.

So while it appears like not much is happening, a major transformation of the Hopyard will get underway in just a couple of weeks.

March:

Small hop shoots appear in early March.
Small hop shoots appear in early March.

April

When the bines are tall enough, we drop strings from the trellis wires and train the bines to climb the strings.
When the bines are tall enough, we drop strings from the trellis wires and train the bines to climb the strings.

May

By late May the bines are long enough to climb and fill in the rows.
By late May the bines are long enough to climb and fill in the rows.

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