Welcome to our new website for the hops program at Virginia Tech!
While the vast majority of hops (flowers of Humulus lupulus) used by brewers are grown, processed, and shipped from the Pacific Northwest, there is interest in this crop in Virginia and across the region. We have definite challenges here in the Mid-Atlantic, including disease and pest pressures, shorter day length, expense of building small hop yards without the benefits of economies of scale, and additional costs associated with mechanization and processing. But there are Virginia growers navigating these challenges, and we’re here to help. Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech have resources for growers such as the Plant Diagnostic Clinic, the Soil Testing Lab, the Hops Analysis Service, Insect ID, and more. Our Horticulture research in the area of cultivar trials and cultural practices is only in its second season, but hopefully contributing to the body of knowledge regarding this fascinating crop.
For more information on growing hops in Virginia and lots of links to the resources mentioned above, visit our Virginia Cooperative Extension web site. http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/hops/index.html
To keep tabs on our progress as well as upcoming events and news, visit the “Hops at Virginia Tech” Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HopsVT), developed to help communicate hop-related factoids, updates on our research, and services and programs around the Commonwealth and the region.
(This site is under construction – much more to come!)