Hop harvest is looking good

ALL EYES ON HOP HARVEST: Nicholas Handcock will be getting very busy today, as picking starts at his uncle Neville’s hop farm at Myrrhee. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

PICKING will begin on Monday at Handcock’s hop farm in Myrrhee, after a false start last week.

The Handcock family and a team of pickers were ready to get started on the harvest last Friday but decided to hold back for a couple of days due to the colder than usual weather.

“We started to pick but they just weren’t ripe yet so we decided to wait until Monday,” Neville Handcock said.

Once they get started picking today, the Handcock’s will go for the next 21 days straight, picking for nine hours each day.

Neville said he had some concerns about this year’s harvest but they had been allayed as the fruit ripened.

“I wouldn’t have said this year’s harvest would be a good one because we’ve had a bit of wind around and the weather hasn’t been perfect,” he said.

“But the way it has come on, I’d have to say it’s an exceptional crop.

“I don’t know why but it’s a very good and very even crop.”

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