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Old 04-12-2011, 10:39 PM   #11
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Longer rope goes with the pulleys. so all you have to do at harves is lower the rope and bines come down. I just implemented that this year and am loving it so far. Of course i just tied 29 ropes 2day no ladder needed just lowered the cable down measuerd and tied all looks good.
I've read about scenarios where the bines get stuck in the pulleys, then you can't lower them. How do you avoid that, or have you not had a problem with it?


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Old 04-13-2011, 01:39 AM   #12
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My setup has only 1 pulley. 2 posts 45' apart one has the cabel permanently attached the other post has a pulley and rope. I can lower the whole thing from 1 end. I attached all ropes to it yesterday there are 27 hops plants in that run. Gotta get another pole and pulley setup for the other side 12 plants there. will post pics when i get my pos computer to accept the memory card from my camera.


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Old 04-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #13
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Since you are in eastern NC you might want to give this a look

http://nchops.soil.ncsu.edu/

They are doing quite a bit of hops research in your area - think they have a test farm in Raleigh
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Thanks for the tips, I would also really like to see those pics tchuk. I am planting four rhizomes shortly.

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Old 04-13-2011, 03:31 PM   #15
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Since you are in eastern NC you might want to give this a look

http://nchops.soil.ncsu.edu/

They are doing quite a bit of hops research in your area - think they have a test farm in Raleigh
Great link! Thanks.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:58 PM   #16
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In wind, the pole itself is pretty aerodynamic being round and all. It's pretty darn solid and hopefully I didn't overestimate its strength. IF it does fall, at least it won't hit anything worthwhile.
It's not so much that the pole is aerodynamic it's the weight of the plants, the plants are growing on an angle putting torque on the base of the pole, the hops will bush out a bit making a small sail. So then when the wind is blowing in the same direction as the pull on the pole from the hops that's when you have issues. If you really geek out like I did you can draw a free body diagram to show all this visually and do the calculations, it gives you a better idea of what you are up against.
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Or he can run a rope down the other side as an anchor. If that is staked in properly it will eliminate the aformentioned small sail problem.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:05 AM   #18
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Or he can run a rope down the other side as an anchor. If that is staked in properly it will eliminate the aformentioned small sail problem.
Hence, effectively a guy wire. Securing the setup would probably be a good idea, just to be safe. Wouldn't want those guys struck down in their prime by some rogue June wind storm.
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I'll consider the guy wire but if I need a tailgate to stand on, lol. If not this year, I'll chance it and wait til next year.

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