A CD-republication of the original 1899 Hop Growing Book by Herbert Myrick. A practical handbook on the most approved methods in growing, harvesting, curing and selling hops and the use and manufacture of hops. Contains over 300 pages, and 15 chapters covering the following:
Chapter I Origin and Spread of Hop Culture: Early history of the crop. Development of the Industry- Changes it has undergone. Its present condition and future prospects.
Chapter II Peculiarities of The Industry: Special characteristics and uncertainties of the hop crop that make it unique Effect of substitutes, adulteration, taxation, consumption, climate, insects, fungi, wide fluctuation in prices, etc. Use of the Hop (strobile), the vine and the root.
Chapter III. Characteristics of The Plant: Botanical Characteristics. Differentiation Confusion of varieties Male and Female Hops The Principal kinds. Seedless Hops, Varieties. What constitutes Quality in Hops.
Chapter IV. Composition of The Hop Plant and its Fruit: Characteristics of Lupulin. Varieties in composition. The chemistry of hops.
Chapter V. The Climate and Soil For Hops: Preparation of soil- Peculiar climatic conditions requited. Necessity of proper soil . The kinds that give best results, and why. How to prepare the land for a new plantation. American and foreign methods.
Chapter VI. Feeding The Hop Plant: Special requirements. What hops take from the soil. Effect of different elements of plant food on quantity and quality. Various manures and manorial substances. Commercial fertilizers and agricultural chemicals. Formulas for hop mixtures. When and how to apply fertilization.
Chapter VII. Laying Out a Hop Yard - Training The Vines: Direction of rows. Distance Apart. Training on Poles, vines, strings, etc. American vs. English, French and German systems.
Chapter VIII. Planting and Culture: Starting plants. Selection and care of roots. How to plant them. Care of new plantations the first year. Treatment of old yards. Plowing, grubbing, cultivating, hoeing, laying by, etc.
Chapter IX. Methods of The Pleasanton Hop Company: Full details of the Modus Operandi Practiced by one of the largest Hop Growers in the world.
Chapter X. Pests of The Crop: Its insect enemies fully treated by L. O. Howard. Blights, Rusts and other Fungi. Hail, Wind, Frost, etc. Practical directions for combating all these pests.
Chapter XI. Harvesting The Crop: When to pick the hops. Maturity vs. other conditions. Management of pickers. Full account of all details.
Chapter XII. Kilns for Curing Hops: German and English oast houses. old and new curing houses in America. Modern curing establishment on the Pacific Coast. With many illustrations of every detail.
Chapter XIV Grading, Sampling and Marketing: The grades of hops in American and English markets. Sampling hops preparatory to selling. Necessity of honest packing and grading. Marketing the hop. When to sell to the best advantage. Factors affecting prices. Storing, Preserving or Extracting Hops.
Chapter XV. Concentration in Hop Growing: Evolution of the industry on the Pacific Coast. Consolidation of Hop Ranches under a single management. Example of the Horst Brothers.
Chapter XVI Expenses and Profits: Itemized accounts of cost of production in America, England and Europe. Profits and Losses.