Two Opportunities to Visit the NC State Research Hop Yards-with UPDATES!!!

This year you will have the opportunity to visit both the Raleigh and Mills River based research hop yards.  (if your browser cuts off part of the flyers, just click on them to view them fully).

The first will be an "Open House" at the Mills River hop yard close to the Asheville Airport. This is not a full-fledged field day but an opportunity to view the ten varieties in their second year of growth before we start harvesting them.  The differences between varieties is pretty dramatic this year. We have experienced Downy Mildew, spider mites, and now Japanese beetles and how the varieties have reacted have been quite different.  Jeanine Davis and Kelly Gaskill will be present to answer your questions.

This open house will take place on Thursday, July 5 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station at 74 Research Drive in Mills River, NC 28759.  (Directions:
From Interstate 26, take Exit #40 (the Asheville Regional Airport exit). At the top of the exit ramp turn toward the airport onto NC Hwy 280. Just past the end of the airport runway, the highway curves to the right. Turn right at the first road after the runway onto Old Fanning Bridge Road. After ~1 mile you will cross the French Broad river. The research station is on the right but directly across the street there will be signs directing you left onto Butler Farm Road. Follow signs out to the hop yard.

This project is funded by the a USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant administered through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The second event will be a full-fledged field day at the Raleigh hop yard near the NC State University campus.  It will include indoor lectures followed by a tour of the hop yard.  Topics to be covered will include variety selection, planting tips, trellis designs, nutrient management, pest/disease issues, harvesting and drying cones, basic economic analysis, and more. 

This field day will take place Saturday, July 14 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory.  Directions.  Meet at the pole barn.  We just got word from the farm crew that they'll be working on the main road to the station on the day of the field day.  So, you won't be able to go down Chi Road that day.  Please go down Inwood Road (a slightly more roundabout route) and we will meet at the 'J Edward Booth' building (parking adjacent) instead of at the pole barn.  This is a larger nicer building anyway.

Here's the farm map with all those roads listed on them:

There will be signs posted directing people around.

This project is funded by the GoldenLeaf Foundation and the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant administered through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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