Once your hop plants are 5-6 feet talk, you can strip the leaves off the lowest 3 feet. This will give the other plants more sun.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"
"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk