Category Archives: Hops Production

Environmental Impacts on Alpha Acid Formation in Hops

Evan Elford, OMAFRA New Crop Development Specialist Originally posted: 25 September, 2018 Updated with additional content: 26 September, 2018 Over the last few days I’ve had enquiries from hop growers regarding lower than anticipated alpha acid levels in the 2018 … Continue reading

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Hop Harvest Timelines in Ontario

As we draw closer to the 2018 hop harvest season, grower reports from across the province suggest the crop is anywhere from one week ahead of normal to one week behind normal depending on cultivar and geographic location/growing zone. Here … Continue reading

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Hop Irrigation Watch, June 2018 Update

Over the last 14 days, dry conditions have persisted in South and Central Ontario with minimal precipitation other than isolated showers and thunderstorms in some regions.  Figure 1 shows the 14 day accumulated precipitation for Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada … Continue reading

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Hop Leaf Stripping in Ontario

Leaf stripping (removing lower leaves and laterals; Figure 1) to increase air flow is a common cultural practice to manage hops downy mildew (P. humuli). Leaf stripping is performed earlier in Ontario than in other growing regions due to a shorter … Continue reading

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Hop Fertility Review and Guidelines for 2018

As we approach the 2018 growing season, questions regarding hop fertility are on the increase.  Looking back on 2017, there are some key fertility messages to be thinking about as we head into this year’s production cycle. With above normal … Continue reading

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Podcast Features Ontario Hops and a Grower’s Perspective of the Local Hop Industry

This week The Grower  is featuring a podcast with Ontario hop grower Kyle Wynette of The Tavistock Hop Company.  During the podcast, Karen Davidson asks Kyle about his thoughts on hop production, marketing, industry challenges, costs for establishment and the use … Continue reading

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Two Hoppy Days Planned for 2018 OFVC

As hop production  continues to expand across Ontario, more and more, growers are looking for information to increase their product quality through better management practices and marketing opportunities.  Many enquiries by interested growers focus on the potential of growing hops organically. … Continue reading

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