Hopyard String Theory
The first big event of the hops growing season is stringing the trellis wires in the Rogue Farms Hopyard.
There are thousands of strings, made from Sri Lanka cocoanut husks, that are tied to the wires, dropped to the ground, and staked into the hop rows.
As you’ll see in the photos, it takes military like precision to get it all done right.
The trellis system we use at the Rogue Farms Hopyard was developed in California in the late 1800s. It gives the hops maximum exposure to the sun during our long summer days. Hops need 15 or more hours of sunlight during the peak of the growing season. Which is why most hops are grown between the 45th and 55th parallels.
You can grow hops south of here, we’ve even seen a hopyard in southern Arizona! But studies have shown that yield and quality suffers greatly when you grow hops that far away from the “sweet spot”.