PIKETON, Ohio - Growers interested in learning more about hops production, including how to market the increasingly popular plants can learn more at a field night Aug. 15 offered by horticulture experts with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The program is 6-9 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers' Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon.
The workshop will feature Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Participants can learn about new hop cultivars; innovative hop production techniques; insect and disease control methods; and harvesting, processing and marketing techniques that can be adopted by Ohio farmers wanting to provide hops for Ohio's breweries.
OSU Extension and OARDC are CFAES's outreach and research arms, respectively. The OSU South Centers' Endeavor Center is also a part of the college.
Other topics to be discussed include:
* Trellis Construction
* Planting of Rhizomes
* Training of Vines
* Drip Irrigation
* Landscape Fabric -Weed Control
* Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices
* Hops for Ohio Microbreweries
* Variety Evaluations
* Yard Establishment Economics
Registration for the workshop is $10 and includes handouts and a light meal. Contact Charissa McGlothin at 740-289-2071 ext. 132 to register. The deadline to register is Aug. 8. More information can be found at http://go.osu.edu/hopsworkshop.