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Hops Making a Comeback in Wisconsin

Growing hops in Wisconsin is making a comeback. It may not be at the level it was more than a century ago when Wisconsin produced one-fifth of the nation’s supply but more and more growers are discovering the hop as a specialty crop. That’s why the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and UW Extension are hosting the Hop Summer Field Day.

Designed primarily for experienced hop growers, the same program will be held on two different days at two different locations. Friday, Aug. 14, in Waterloo, Wis., and then again Saturday, Aug. 15, in Arkansaw, Wis.

Experts will be on hand to talk about management of diseases that can affect hop production, how and when to harvest hops to get the most out your crop and to explain the difference between hops the crop and hops the processed food ingredient.

The event includes field tours of a hop yard. There is a $20 charge payable at the door. Register by Aug. 7. For more information, contact Carl Duley at UW Extension, 608.685.6256 or email [email protected].