Hops Research Sparks International Partnership

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Abbey Taylor and Breanna Kendrick The University of Florida’s (UF) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) has become well known throughout the state, partly due to its work with hops. Jack Rechcigl, GCREC director, says the research began about three years ago. “We started working on hops as an alternative crop for our growers. It actually started when …

Highlights from Florida Ag Expo

Breanna Kendrick Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Close to 600 people gathered in Balm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center for the 2018 Florida Ag Expo. The theme of the event this year was precision agriculture and mechanization. “We had great attendance and participation in our panel discussions and workshops,” said Jack Rechcigl, center director of the University of Florida Institute of …

Could a Pacific Northwest Crop Be Produced in Florida?

Abbey Taylor Hops, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Plant physiologist and researcher at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Shinsuke Agehara, is studying the potential of growing hops in Florida. His research focuses on the production of hops and how it will grow in Florida’s climate. The exact amount of hops production in Florida is unknown at this time. Many growers are trying to …

Hops and Root-Knot Nematodes

Abbey Taylor Hops, Top Posts

By Jaci Schreckengost As interest in hops as a southeastern crop grows, researchers are taking a look at the best varieties for growers and how to prevent certain problems. Johan Desaeger, an assistant professor of entomology and nematology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), said demand has continued to increase for hops. The GCREC is part of …

Using LED Lights to Manipulate Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Top Posts

Shinsuke Agehara, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, is studying how to manipulate hops’ photoperiod with artificial lighting in order to lengthen the daytime in Florida. Agehara spoke about this project at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in early November. Hops are mostly grown in Northwest states like Washington and Oregon. This region is said to have …

Hops in the Southeast?

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Locally produced beer flavors may be coming to brew near you. By Kevin M. Folta Wine is the deep-purple or pale-yellow liquid that resides in the stemmed, symmetrical glass, swirled and sniffed by those enjoying a solo glass or pairing it with a specific meal. Each type is consistent in broad characteristics, using age-old grape varieties, documented fermentation vessels and …

Potential Nematode Concern for Florida Hops Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

As Florida growers are looking at possibilities for new crops available to the state, many University of Florida (UF) researchers are beginning to examine what problems growers could face in the future with these crops. Johan Desaeger, a nematologist at UF’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, says his research station has been looking into nematodes in …

More Hops Research in Florida

Jaci Schreckengost Hops, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida continues to grow, allowing new opportunities for agriculturists and breweries. Brian Pearson, University of Florida assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, says his team began researching hops in 2012. Work will potentially continue for another three to four years. “Many believed that hops production was …