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Sept. 15, 2021
By John LovettU of A System Division of Agriculture@ArkAgResearch
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A three-year research and evaluation project has shown there
are two varieties of hops that can be grown successfully in Arkansas, said Renee Threlfall,
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station research scientist, during the 2021 Arkansas
Preliminary results from the study were presented during an Aug. 19 webinar by Threlfall,
along with assistant professor and fruit and vegetable extension specialist Amanda
McWhirt, and other experiment station and cooperative extension service faculty and
staff. The experiment station and cooperative extension service are the research and
extension arms of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The 2021 Arkansas Hops Webinar (bit.ly/ArkHopsWebinar21) was intended to provide insight into which varieties grow best in the Natural State
and give updates on hop research made possible by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from
the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Threlfall said.
“The reason we’re interested in hops production is for the potential to use these
hops in beer production,” McWhirt said during the webinar.
Hops are among the family Cannabaceae, and the female flower is used in brewing beer
to impart bittering flavors and aromas that include floral, fruity or citric, she
“We really had an expansion in our craft brewing industry, McWhirt said. “We’re really
interested in seeing, can we grow hops here in Arkansas that could then be supplied
to local Arkansas breweries to really create a product that is grown in Arkansas and
brewed in Arkansas and provides a unique product to consumers.”
Although most of the hops for the nation’s craft beer industry are grown in northern
states where the day length is longer, the study shows some hops can be a viable specialty
crop in Arkansas that could appeal to the growing microbrewery industry in the state,
Here are five key takeaways from the study so far, according to McWhirt:
Threlfall said it is important to keep in mind the data on yields was for the second
year of production and yields are expected to peak at year three, which would be the
2021 harvest. There is also more work to be done on cultivation practices, she said.
“These early years of hops research show that hops can be grown in Arkansas, especially
Cascade and Zeus,” Threlfall said. “More research is needed on production practices
to increase the hop yields. We expect that initial interest in hops production will
mostly be small-scale growers to supply the local microbrewing industry.”
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at @ArkAgResearch.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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