Hops and Hemp Research Twilight Tour

Monday, August 5, 2019
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station
74 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

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Join us for this late afternoon to early evening tour of the research we are doing on hops and CBD hemp. We will visit the hop variety trial, which is now eight years old, and discuss our breeding efforts. We will show you the hops harvester, and if any bines are ready for harvest, we will run them through it. There will also be posters showing some of the breeding research we have going on in other locations.

After visiting the hops we will walk down to our CBD hemp studies. Featured trials include a variety trial, a planting date and harvest study, and a bare ground vs. white plastic mulch trial. We will have posters to show some of the grain and fiber research, the continuation of the spacing vs. mulch trial we are repeating for a second year, and some of our on-farm studies which examine companion planting, using a wide variety of different mulches, and incorporating hemp into a no-till system.

This is an outside event and will take place regardless of the weather. So please come prepared and dressed appropriately (hat, sunscreen, bug spray, field shoes, umbrella, water bottle, etc.). If the weather is bad, we will move into an equipment building or other covered area.

Here is a draft agenda.

It will be flexible to meet the interests of the group in attendance. Please note we are leaving lots of time for discussion to share experiences and answer questions attendees may have:

4:30-5:00pm ……………………Registration
5:00-5:15pm ……………………Welcome
5:15-5:30pm ……………………Board the trams and drive to hops field
5:30-6:15pm ……………………Overview of growing hops in the Southeast, our research, the hops breeding project, and demonstration of the hops harvester by Jeanine Davis and Luping Qu. Discussion.
6:15-6:30pm ……………………Walk or shuttle to the CBD hemp plots
6:30-7:30pm ……………………Overview of growing industrial hemp in North Carolina, our research, and what we have going on in other locations by Jeanine Davis, Margaret Bloomquist, Leonora Stefanile and Katie Learn. Discussion.
7:30-7:45pm ………………….…Trams arrive back at the parking lot.

The Google Map directions will bring you to the lower gravel parking lot on the research station; the 74 Research Dr. entrance, where the greenhouses and shop buildings are, NOT the big
office/lab/auditorium building on the top of the hill. We will have signs to guide you to parking and restrooms.

These projects are funded by a USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant administered by NCDA&CS and a NC Agricultural Foundation grant. The hop harvester is on loan from HopsHarvester™.

This research is maintained by Luping Qu, Margaret Bloomquist, Leonora Stefanile, Gwen Casebeer, Katie Learn, Chloe Moore, and the research station staff. I would like to express my appreciation to all of them!

Registration is highly recommended, so we know how best to prepare the tour for you! Event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Email Leonora_Stefanile@ncsu.edu, and please write "Hemp and Hops Twilight Tour" in the subject line.

This program is brought to you by the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program and the Mountain Research Station. You can learn more about our program on our website at http://ncherb.org and on our Facebook page .

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