University of Missouri Extension kicks off its second year of hops field days Wednesday, April 18, at Bradford Research Center, Columbia.

MU Extension horticulturist Jim Quinn invites the public to attend the free field day and view the MU quarter-acre hop yard and cultivar trial. The event begins at 3 p.m.

Quinn and horticulturist Patrick Byers will present on “Hops in the Midwest.” Quinn invites home and craft brewers to bring their products for tasting at the “hoppy hour” from 5 to 6 p.m.

A specialty grant through the Missouri Department of Agriculture funds the hops trial.

MU horticulturists harvested their first hops from Bradford last fall. While it takes about three years to create a good hop yard, the plants can produce for up to 40 years. Varieties at the research farm climb up to 15 feet on string trellises. Other varieties grow even taller.

For more information, contact Quinn at or 573-634-2824; or Byers at or 417-859-2044.

MU Bradford Research Center is at 4968 Rangeline Road, about 8 miles east of Columbia and 2 miles south of Highway WW. For more information, go to