Hop seedlings emerge in the greenhouse in preparation of planting a new hop yard.
Another method of planting a new hop yard – the hop rhizome.
New growth emerges from the ground in the spring and starts to climb skyward.
Hops climb ever-higher in a clockwise spiral motion up the twine.
A hop yard strung with coir yarn to accommodate the fast growing hop vines.
Hops climbing toward the top of the eighteen-foot tall trellis system.
As the hops reach the top, they produce lateral shoots that produce hop flowers.
A hop yard that has topped out, developed laterals, and is filling in with full growth.
Clusters of hop cones develop in the hop yard and start to gain size and weight.
A photo of the ever-amazing hop cone. Full of flavor and aroma.
A mobile harvester in the field ready to start the annual harvest season.
The harvester moves through the hop yard gently removing the vines from the trellis.
A view from the operator’s seat of the mobile harvesting unit.
The hop cones are separated from the leaf and vine material in the cleaning station, leaving only the hop cones.
Hop cones are laid in to heated hop kilns where they are carefully dried.
Dried and cooled hop cones are packaged in to bales weighing two-hundred pounds each.