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Time to hop to it?

Growing for breweries not easy, but possible
Beth LaShell, a visiting instructor at Fort Lewis College and coordinator of the FLC agricultural research center at Hesperus, looks over hops growing at the center.
These mature hop cones are ready for harvest.
Buds on a hop plant will soon turn to cones. Although Hops don’t grow well in the Four Corners, but they are being studied at the agricultural research center at the Old Fort at Hesperus to see if any varieties offer hope for cultivation in the Four Corners.
Hops at a glance

The hop, the humulus lupulus, came out of China in the long-distant past. In the West, the first mention of hop cultivation was in Germany in the mid-700s, with the first record of it being used in brewing coming more than 300 years later.
In the United States, the Pacific Northwest, Washington, and to a lesser degree, Oregon and Idaho, grow almost all the hops used in brewing in the country.
The 2012 Hop Growers of America report shows 31,933 total harvested acres that year in the country, with Washington accounting for 25,040 acres.
All kinds of hop statistics are available at www.usahops.org. On the home page, click on Statistics and then HGA Stat Pack.
The U.S. total hop production for 2012 was 61.2 million pounds. Washington produced 48.5 million pounds; Oregon, 8.4 million pounds; and Idaho, 4.2 million pounds.
In the most recent five years, the country’s top production was 94.7 million pounds in 2009.
Germany tops all other countries in hop acreage, with almost 41,000 acres last year. The 19 countries reported on in 2012 had 110,000 acres under cultivation.
Source: Hop Growers of America

Time to hop to it?

Beth LaShell, a visiting instructor at Fort Lewis College and coordinator of the FLC agricultural research center at Hesperus, looks over hops growing at the center.
These mature hop cones are ready for harvest.
Buds on a hop plant will soon turn to cones. Although Hops don’t grow well in the Four Corners, but they are being studied at the agricultural research center at the Old Fort at Hesperus to see if any varieties offer hope for cultivation in the Four Corners.
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