Hops (Humulus lupulus L.) play a crucial role in the beer making process. Within the female flowers, known as “cones,” there are lupulin glands containing alpha acids, beta acids, and essential oils, which provide bittering and unique aroma flavors to beer. Recent growth in the craft beer industry, a growing demand for locally sourced ingredients, and declining commodity crop prices, has created in increased interest in local hop production.At present, the majority of hop production is in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In the past 5 years, United States hop production has increased 72 percent, spreading growth to other states including New York and Michigan. As of June 2017, Nebraska has 39 strung acres of hops under production, which increased 15 acres since 2016; the United States, as of the 2017 hop harvest, has a total of 55,786 acres of hops under production. Total U.S. hop production increased from 88.6 million pounds to 106.2 million pounds between 2016 and 2017. Non-traditional growing regions’ hop production increased 25%. While the industry is small in Nebraska, it is growing rapidly. Efforts through University of Nebraska personnel in research and extension provide timely information to create successful farms and businesses in the state.
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Growing Hops In Nebraska
by Brandon McDermott | NET News
About 98 percent of the total amount of hops grown in the U.S. happens in the Pacific Northwest. Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hoping to change that. A new study is looking at eight specific varieties of hops and attempting to grow them in Nebraska. Brandon McDermott interviews Stacy Adams, associate professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture and Katie Kreuser works directly with growers and brewers in Nebraska. Full story at http://bit.ly/2BLo6tV.
Nebraska research assists state’s craft brewing industry
From field and lab to brew kettle and marketplace, research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is helping further the Cornhusker State’s burgeoning craft brewing industry.
In the field, Nebraska’s Stacy Adams is leading the charge, guiding a multi-year study to see if hops can be grown locally and if the resulting pinecone-like blooms are viable as a niche revenue crop for producers. The work is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Full story at https://go.unl.edu/kw5p.
2018 Workshops & Field Days
Introductory Hop Workshop
Friday, June 8, 4-6:30 pm
Plant Science Hall Room 199
This workshop will provide information on the cost of hop production, trellis design and set up, and basic information on hop agronomics, harvest, and post-harvest processing. A brewer from Blue Blood Brewing Company in Lincoln, NE will be on hand to discuss quality and demands of locally produced hops for their beers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register.
Summer Field Days
For our summer field day events, Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Hop Growers Association are teaming up to provide opportunities to see hop yards across Nebraska, for networking with others in the industry, and to hear important pest and hop yard management updates. Light refreshments and materials will be provided. The events are free and open to the public, however, registration is recommended. To register or ask questions, email email@example.com.
June Field Day – Homestead Hops
Saturday, June 2, 8:30-10:30 am
July Field Day – Oak Creek Hops & Thunderhead Brewing Co.
Saturday, July 21, 10 am – 12 pm
Chat with a Thunderhead Brewing Co. brewer following Field Day. Lunch and beverages available for purchase.
August Field Day – 6th Meridian Hops
Saturday, August 4
Stay tuned for details. This full day event will include a hop yard tour, harvest, drying and bailing demonstrations, late season downy mildew management, and more. There will be a social to follow with food and beverages available through Counterfeit Curbside. This event will be in conjunction with SDSPA.
Katie Kreuser joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hops team in April 2017 as Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator. She is located in Plant Sciences Hall on Nebraska’s East Campus. Prior to this position, she was a research technician in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Department, focusing on buffalograss and hop breeding projects.
Her roles include developing and delivering training to Nebraska hop growers and brewers, sharing timely information via publications and social media, and managing the annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 402-472-3036.