I'm not experienced by any means but seems I've read in Heironymus' For the Love of Hops that some folks routinely cut back the first growth, forcing stronger but slower growing sprouts to emerge. I haven't seen a thing with my cascades yet and hope I don't till I can get some transplanted to a better location this year. Had the site prepped weekend before last but horses knocked down the fence & thrashed things pretty badly. Last weekend was a deluge so hoping to complete the job this weekend. I need to move about 20 crowns - hope I'm not too late.