We have been homebrewing for about a year now. Last year, we bought 26 acres to try and grow our own hops. We're in central PA and planted 150 rhizomes this past Spring. 50 Nugget, 50 Columbus and 50 Cascade.
We used trees from around our property to make the posts. The shortest post/tree was 18' and after setting them we got about 14' 8" posts out of the ground.
We used eye hooks screwed into the top of the post and strung the wire with 1/4" braided steel wire across the top. It's anchored to 4 foot earth anchors on each side of the run which is 150' down each row. We then used a potato (middle buster) plow to make a trench on each side of the row and planted into those rows.
This the whole area after it's all been planted, the twine is up, and the plants are starting to grow..
And a sample plant..
This photo is from about 2 weeks ago. We have some that are now almost 3-4 feet tall and have installed drip irrigation.
This is our first year/first attempt. We're feeling pretty confident.. so far, things are going pretty well. Any advice or words of wisdom would be great!