If a tornado rips through your yard and a branch falls on your hops and rips the tip off, will they continue to grow another tip out of a node? Or should I cut these and let a couple new ones grow up the wire?
I wouldnt cut them. Hopfarmer posted a video of his crops last year going through hail (i believe) and it hurt the plants, but he said he still got a good yield.
They ought to be fine. I would only have concern for a first year plant. Anything older than that will generate a munch of new sprouts.
I actually checked last night and it looks like they are already starting to shoot up another tip out of the top most node. Looks like little asparagus tips.
Dude...a tornado ripped through your yard and your worried about the hop plants?!?