Registration is now open for two Nebraska Hops events May 31 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus starting in Plant Sciences Hall, Room 199.
Introductory Hop Growers Workshop
An Introductory Hop Growers Workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This informative workshop is suitable for those with no previous knowledge in hop culture and who are interested in learning more.
Hop cones are associated with the essential flavoring, bittering and aromatic ingredient used in brewing and drives the uniqueness found in craft beer. And, not just for beer, this plant is useful medicinally, as fiber, in floral design, consumed as a new super food, and sold as essential oils around the world.
Hops can successfully be grown in Nebraska, but having a knowledge about the plant, its growth, cultivation, harvest, processing and marketing is critical before growing entrepreneurially and more than just a few in the garden.
This workshop will provide information about how to grow this plant, considerations before moving forward into production of this plant, a plan for a trial planting and a walking tour of an on-campus hop yard.
Hop Training Field Program
A Hop Training Field Program will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Hop trellising and training will be the focus of this program with additional discussions related to predicting plant health concerns, pest control, and nutrition for the production season.
Timing of hops to reach full trellis is directly related to cultivar, crop emergence date, application of early season cutback, and seasonal environmental conditions. This is most likely the most challenging component of the attempt to maximize hop cultivar productivity. Nebraska’s extremely variable weather makes this an annual challenge and will be discussed while exploring the university hop field.
More details at go.unl.edu/hop-workshop.