The installation in agriculture is already an obstacle course, but becoming a hop producer is an even more difficult challenge to achieve, but if you are stung by hop fever: then we explain the stages and levers to live from the production of hops.
Where to start to set up a hop project?
Answer: By the ground!
The best way, in our opinion, to get to know hops is to plant it, to see it evolve on the guardian wire, to understand its vegetative cycle, to learn about the different stages of cultivation: planting, watering, wire , treatments, harvest.
Choose a few varieties, test them in several places in your plot or garden, and follow the rhythm of the vine for a whole season, so you will understand its needs and adapt your project accordingly.
Learn how to grow hops
There are hop formations, even if they are still too rare, rather in the northern and eastern part of France: the essential is undoubtedly
that of the Lycée Agricole d’Obernai,lasting 105 hours, in several half-theoretical, half-practical sessions throughout the vegetative cycle of hops.
HOPSTOCK also organizes training with partner Chambers of Agriculture, contact us at email@example.com find out the next dates in your region.
Find the perfect land for your hop farm
Prepare a financing plan
Any agricultural project requires a little economic anticipation: what investments, what costs, what yields, and what market for my hops?
In other sectors, the figures are well known, but for hops, it’s a different story: what is the average price of a hop picker? how many plants per hectare, what average organic yields? To help you in the calibration of your project, we have worked to gather all the answers to these questions in an excel simulator: here it is..
Look for hop material
One of the limiting factors of a hop project is access to specific hop equipment: fischer tool, hop picker (sometimes called “hop sorter”), dryer, press, harvester trailer, poles, cables, plants: it takes time to gather all this information, find second-hand opportunities, request quotes, etc.
For 4 years, we have been helping producers to remove these obstacles, by organizing group purchases of equipment to benefit from reductions, by restoring harvesters, fischer tools and hop dryers. A team of 9 people in purchasing, order preparation, the mechanical workshop, the nursery work there all year round to support hop projects.
A poorly prepared project often leads to failure, like any agricultural crop, hops bring their share of surprises, good or not so good. But if the financial lights are green, you’ve seen and reviewed the particularities of the hops technical route, the fog surrounding the market outlook has cleared, you feel confident in this new project, don’t let don’t hesitate to get the better of your motivation!
We can support you in your project, let us know your ideas, and let us guide you!
Send us an email to arrange a phone call: firstname.lastname@example.org