Our Goal for this Blog

Over the years we have received and continue to receive numerous phone calls and emails asking many different farm related questions. Our thought is that we would try out a blog to keep people up to date on what we are doing here on Puterbaugh Farms and at Hops Direct.

We will just jump right into where we are at in the growing season with a very brief look at what it took to get the hops to the stage they are in now. If interest is actually shown and people are looking for more information we will continue through the winter and pick up the beginning next spring, which will allow everyone to get a feel for what a full crop year looks like from a hop grower's perspective and all of the many challenges involved. We hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Our First Post...

To catch everyone up here is what we have done so far this year on the farm. We have put in new trellis systems, dug rhizomes out of old fields to put into the new ones, planted the new fields with either rhizomes or hops out of greenhouses, have strung our fields (put in the coir twine, which is made of coconut, but as noted we will get back to this in the spring next year). We have also trained all of our hop yards. I know this was a very quick overview, but to go back and explain it all would take a long time.

Right now all of our hops are doing their best to grow, but the baby’s hop yards are lagging behind. Over the past week we have seen triple digit weather four times and are forecast to see more of the same throughout the next week.

Here are a few photos to get things started, enjoy:

Nugget growing past the top of trellis

Views up rows of Nuggets

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