2 articles tagged "Perennials".


Asparagus is one of the first field-grown Indiana vegetables on the market. This article reviews harvest, grading and postharvest care recommendations to help you start the season with top quality asparagus. Getting quality asparagus to market means making sure to pick good spears at the right time, grade according to your market requirements, and keep the spears cold, moist and upright. Plan to harvest early in the morning when it is still cool. Spears to be sold should be tight at the tip, dark green, and at least 3/8 inch in diameter. During the harvest season the only spears left standing in the field should be those you expect to harvest in the future. Don’t let unmarketable spears continue to grow and develop into fern. They can harbor diseases and insects, and also slow growth of new spears. The grading of spears after harvest will depend on your market. The[Read More…]

2015 Hop yards in Indiana. Established yards are represented with gold stars and planned hop yards in green.

Background. Rapid growth in the craft beer industry is stimulating Indiana’s economy and creating an opportunity for Indiana farmers to start growing hops. In 2012, the Indiana craft brewing industry contributed over 600 million dollars to the state’s economy. The industry continues to grow, increasing from 63 breweries in 20131 to nearly 100 in 2015, and housing over 6,000+ full-time employees2. Hop production has increased over 10% since 2013, with the hops industry in Indiana being no exception3. Hop production currently occurs predominantly in the Pacific Northwest, with Washington state leading production at (74%) of the total acreage, followed by Oregon (14%), Idaho (10%), and the rest of the country (2%). However, many hop yards have now taken root in Indiana, with many additional yards currently under construction (Figure 1). Hops (Humulus lupulus). Hops are a perennial crop essential for beer production – imparting bitterness and aroma. The plants produce[Read More…]

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