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Old 07-19-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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It had been a very wet spring and beginning of summer here. However, I proceeded as normal. In early spring, I cut the growing bines down as needed until after the last frost date. On the last cutting, I opted to take a practice from the commercial yards and used my weed burner to cauterize the cut ends, spread out some compost and a heavy layer of mulch. And began to wait until they reemerged.

That may have been the means to the ends.

Most summers here are dry as a bone being cooked in an oven. Not so this summer, so far.

After weeks went by I noticed only about half of the plots were showing any sign of activity so, i figured they weren't warming quickly enough. Highly unlikely but, whatever. So, I pulled the mulch back to expose the soils underneath. And waited.

More time passed and, nothing.

I recalled seing a heavy layer of white mold between teh soil and mulch and had a thought that maybe THAT had taken hold of my hops. Then, the USDA Hop Manual therad is posted and, it too mentions white mold and shows a pic of the tell tale teeny mushroomette.

I figure "Crap! My crowns are molded"

So, I root around to see whats up.

Nothing but bronze collered sponges. 7 crowns! I tore several of them apart to what the inside was like and see if there was any sign of life.

The veins were full of soil and sand.

I think two things occured here. Red Cron root rot and Grubs.

I had one crown that was infested with grublettes. They were deep into the crown too. The real pissoff is I had innoculated all the plots with nematodes specific to june bug grubs.

Oh well.

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Old 07-19-2010, 03:55 PM   #2
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http://www.bayeradvanced.com/insects...ub-killer-plus

:-P

Seriously, though, it will be almost impossible to tell if the rot started first or if the rot attracted the grub activity. Most stories fo nematode usage I have found are similar to what you note, though. Mildly, if at all, effective.


Sorry to hear of your crown deaths. Very sad day indeed.
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Yeah. I realize.

And, ironically, I have 3 bags of the Bayer Grub killer I have yet to lay down. Wasn't going to lay it down on the hops tho'. Guess I will now.

Saddest bit is, I doubt I will re-establish the lost crowns. I still have 6 crowns to nurse and have yet to brew anything this year. SO, I have little need for hops much less all the work involved in processing them.

Those plot will make for some nice vegetable gardens. Next year.

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Sorry to hear about your lack of brewing. Hopefully it has nothing to do with your new sig!

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Ha. No. It's to do with being married.

the rest has to do with kids, time, and having a mortgage (and a moat).
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Did you finish digging that creek/lake/moat yet? Been waiting for pics since you first posted the plans! :-P

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too bad about the hops, I cut my cascade too late and only a few bines made it up this year.

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Broke down and got rented trencher Friday and managed to bungle a knee in the process. Spent the rest of the weekend in water to recouperate. Est completion ~ Winter 2010.
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Spent the rest of the weekend in water to recouperate. Est completion ~ Winter 2010.

Sorry to hear about the knee and the never-ending trenching problem. This is where some homebrew would really come in handy!
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Sorry to hear about the knee and the never-ending trenching problem. This is where some homebrew would really come in handy!
Ohhh. I have plenty of beer.
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