Field Nights Continue Work to Increase Growth of Ohio Hops

Hops. Photo: Thinkstock

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two workshops offered in August offer both new and established hops growers insight into how to produce the increasingly popular crop.

The Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers Research Building Auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road, in Piketon.

The Northwest Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, in Bowling Green.

Growing hops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with the OSU South Centers at Piketon who will host the field nights.

“The field nights will be of interest to new, beginning as well as advanced hop growers or anyone interested in the rapidly growing Ohio hops industry,” Bergefurd said. “The goal is to teach new and prospective hop farmers the marketing and management that is required to be a profitable Ohio hop grower.

“Highlights will include a demonstration of a new mechanical hops harvester and a newly installed first-of-its-kind in the U.S. prototype of a galvanized high trellis system.”

The field nights will feature horticulture experts with Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and OSU South Centers as well as other agricultural industry professionals. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The OSU South Centers is also a part of the college.

Topics for the Aug. 16 field night include:

  • A new galvanized trellis system
  • Nutrient management
  • Fertigation demonstration
  • Drip irrigation
  • Landscape fabric for weed control
  • Insect management techniques
  • Mechanical harvesting demonstration
  • Disease management techniques
  • Variety evaluations
  • Mite management

Topics for the Aug. 18 field night include:

  • New hop cultivars
  • Innovative hop production techniques
  • Pest control
  • Harvesting

Registration for the Aug. 16 field night is $20, which includes dinner and workshop materials. To register, contact Charissa Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or The deadline to register for this field night is Aug. 15.

The Aug. 18 workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For more information on the field nights, contact Bergefurd at 740-289-2071, ext. 136 or, or Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132. 

Tracy Turner
For more information, contact: 

Brad Bergefurd
740-289-2071 x136