Heat can’t stop hop harvest

IF you’ve been suffering through the recent heatwave spare a thought for hop farmers Neville and Donna Handcock of Myrrhee.

They kicked off the all important harvest just over a week ago and until they finish in early April it will be all hands on deck from 8am to 6pm every day.

“The crop is looking good but I wish the heat would ease up,” Donna said just prior to the ‘cool’ change arriving.

“The heat is making the hops ripen a bit quicker so we’ve got less time to harvest.”

The Handcocks have 11 workers, a mixture of backpackers, locals and family members.

“The quality this year is pretty good and the heat shouldn’t affect the quantity but that can be affected if the hops ripen early,” Donna said.

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