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Learn how to grow hops at MU field day


Linda Geist
University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-9185

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Horticulturists planted a hops yard at the MU Bradford Research Center in Columbia. The research will help the growing number of home beer brewers who want to grow their own hops.

Credit: Photo by Linda Geist

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Patrick L. Byers, 417-859-2044

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Anyone interested in growing hops may attend a free field day at Bradford Research Center in Columbia.

Visitors can take self-guided tours and attend presentations 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. The hops yard is at the entrance of the University of Missouri research farm at 4968 Rangeline Road, Columbia.

MU Extension horticulturists Patrick Byers and Jim Quinn will share their experiences growing hops for home brewers and small brewpubs. Byers says Missourians are showing great interest in brewing their own beer from locally grown hops.

Byers and Quinn planted 10 varieties of hops at the 1/4-acre hops yard at Bradford. They will lead a tour of the hops yard and share information on cultivar choice and planting preparations.They also will give presentations on the construction of the trellis system needed for hops and review commonly used systems.

Contact Byers at or 417-859-2044 to register.