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.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Past, Past, Present

We thought you might be interested to see the progress our hops have made in a three week span. These photos were taken of a first year Centennial hop yard. For the past three weeks we have had temperatures in the upper eighties to the mid nineties, which is ideal for hop growth. We are looking forward to another three weeks of this weather and hope for significant growth because the babies have a long way t6 grow.

July 3, 2008 Rhizomes finally have established their roots and are just beginning to grow.

July 16, 2008 Row in picture same as above. (If only the hops grew as fast as the weeds...)

July 24, 2008 Picture taken three rows to the west. Notice the significant growth over the past nine days.


tracysrocket said...

Were these new Centennials planted using cuttings from one of your mature fields?


Hopsdirect said...

TD - These Centennials were planted as rhizomes taken from one of our established Centennial hop yards, which were cut at the same time as the ones we sell in the spring.

We usually plant 3-4 rhizomes per hill in new hop yards.