Ugggg. I was mucking about in the hop yard yesterday. the soil is still frigging cold as can be. Healthier than I have ever seen tho'. I have yet to check the pH but just rubbing my hands over the surface would bring earthworms up as if they were screaming "get offa mah lawn!".
At any rate, about 9 of 13 plants are emerged already. Too damned early!
I guarantee I'll be cutting them back until after Easter. If I don't, it will guarantee a late hard frost, cold snap, snow, or worse (like last year) a massive hail storm that will just perforate everything.