Well, right now I have 21 relatively healthy Hallertau seedlings and 26 Crystal rhizomes, one of which has sprouted. My expectation is to get enough to do the lab testing and brew a few batches of milder ale or hefeweizen, but not enough to sell. If all goes well I'll plant another 100-150 for next year, with at least one high alpha variety to get a good output mix.Regarding the cones... first year don’t even worry about the cones. You may get a few cones to rub and smell, which will stoke the fire for next year. But generally it won’t be enough to brew with.
Let's hope so!Year 3 will blow your mind.
Cool - thanks!I’ve read and can now attest to: once a bine has a grip on the twine or coir, in my case vertical, they tend to growth length faster because of the support. I suppose it’s no longer spending energy waving around aimlessly and building stem/root strength and instead can focus on climbing. After the first year you will have plenty more growth and will be able to prune away those hollow shoots that are thick and not so flexible for training at shorter lengths. The new wave of shoots will be thin and workable, easy to wrap at a foot. Be careful with the tips when training they are fragile. Good luck with your farm I’m super jealous!
There is a lease in place for dairy feed grains - corn and soy, alternating years. It is just about profitable enough to pay the tax bill on the land...but not quite. Even with moderate yield and below average pricing, hops comes out ahead financially.What are you growing now that you are looking to replace with hops?