« on: July 05, 2014, 06:16:43 PM »
A new hop yard requires three growing seasons before it starts provide a return on investment. A Saison bubble would more that likey result in a hop farmers being stuck with hops that they cannot sell. Saison is not a hop-intensive style of beer.One fun fact about the hops grown in the Yakima Valley is that the growers can get 50% to 80% full production in the first year. Soil, sun, drip irrigation all are positives. Source was a talk that Matt Brynildson gave at the NHC in 2011, San Diego.
I planted a new hop yard last fall. I did not plant the yard because I love growing hops. Growing and processing hops by hand is a huge amount of work (which is why I dug up my old hills over a decade ago). I planted the yard in an attempt to avoid having shortages affect my ability to brew.