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Old 08-15-2010, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Annual toasting of the bines in progress.

100F and 20 knot winds. Full sun and RH under 20%. I suspect the hops will be dead and dried before morning.

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Old 08-15-2010, 12:18 AM   #2
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Keep the ground wet! As moisture evaporates off the leaves, it's drawn up from the roots. If they have a good supply of water they should weather the.... ummm... weather ok.

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Old 08-15-2010, 12:21 AM   #3
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sorry to hear the bad news but they'll be back. i guess mother nature wanted to even the score this year and keep the 'hop rollercoaster' going. first the shortage, then more acres and OVERSUPPLY, then "lets keep the price up and yank out a couple thousand acres" and now probably a poor harvest for you folks in the willamette valley! my advice is to start drinking heavily and next spring will be here before you know it. keep the faith.

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I don't want to hear it! Here in Houston, we have had 100*F weather for weeks now and my hops have done just fine. There is a secret to gardening here in the south, it's called "water heavily in the early morning hours before work".

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Old 08-16-2010, 12:15 PM   #5
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Bull, its been over 100 since middle of june here and mine are still chugging along.

Granted, its also been 85% + RH all summer.

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With the wind and RH, all the water in the world won't make any difference. This is the third year in a row, so it's not like I haven't been working on the problem. The plants just can't take up enough to stay green when the dry wind kicks in.

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I think you're having a different problem than temp and wind. ...Yakima gets the heat all the time and the wind from time to time ...I don't know where Rogue is (where they have their hop farm, Independence, Or (26 miles from you??)) as compared to you but they do grow hops there .. http://www.rogue.com/cams/hopcam.htm ...and you *seem* to be close to hop central as far as Oregon is concerned.

I think you have some other problem other than heat and wind.

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I think you're having a different problem than temp and wind. ...Yakima gets the heat all the time and the wind from time to time ...I don't know where Rogue is (where they have their hop farm, Independence, Or (26 miles from you??)) as compared to you but they do grow hops there .. http://www.rogue.com/cams/hopcam.htm ...and you *seem* to be close to hop central as far as Oregon is concerned.

I think you have some other problem other than heat and wind.

Agreed, my hops in Portland are still chugging. Lots of water, lots of fertilizer. Willamette Valley hop growers have to deal with it too, and seem to be able to produce crops year after year.
What is your routine for care/feeding of your hops, and their location/exposure?
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100F and 20 knot winds. Full sun and RH under 20%. I suspect the hops will be dead and dried before morning.
I feel you on those winds. I was dealing with the North winds this year, and they did a number on two of my plants that were climbing up a fence.
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I live in a unique climate zone, not the Willamette Valley or Coastal. The summers when it has been hot all summer, the hops are okay. They put out lots of secondary roots. A mild, windless summer, followed by a heat spell and a dry wind is the problem.

There are old trees on my property that have started dropping their leaves because of the wind.

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