As farmers consider growing hops for local breweries, N.C. State University is conducting research in Raleigh and Mills River to see if hop growing could become a viable specialty crop for North Carolina.
We’re now getting more than 15 hours of daylight at the Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard. This is when the hop growth hormones really kick in. Bines can grow several inches a day, and several feet in a week. When we last checked the bines were 10 feet tall. In the next several weeks they’ll grow another 20 feet.