Can hops be better off with cover crops? – a farmer Q&A

Many hop farmers in the UK feel unsatisfied by the lack of government investment in research and development into hop agriculture. So, a group of hop farmers have taken research into their own hands. They are investigating the benefits of growing cover crops in the fallow season after the hops have been harvested. A practice which is especially important as the entire hops plant is removed from the field in harvest so organic matter is not returned to the soil as part of a normal cropping cycle.

 

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