During summer of 2016, our researchers were installing five research plantings in various locations statewide. This first year will be site development and plant establishment. The purpose of this project is to create some foundational information applicable to emerging specialty crop hop growers. Four research plantings are “mirror” plantings using same varieties, trellising, and cultural programming. Of specific interest are performance characteristics in varying environmental and geographical situations. On University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus, a larger planting will be installed to support efforts in breeding work and chemical application evaluation. 2016 will be establishment for all of these sites, however, updates will be provided.