Willamette - Field Grade
Growers being asked to produce a Golding should consider trials of this top cultivar from Europe. It grows well in our Michigan trials and is higher alpha than English Goldings. Tolerant of more neutral pH and heavier soils if crowns are raised. Two years to establish. Responds to additional bone meal and balanced calcium/ phosphorus levels. Some resistance to mildews.
- Alpha acids: 4.0-6.0%
- Maturity: Early-/ Mid-August through Early September
- Yield: High 1600-2200 lbs/acre
- Storage stability: 60-65% of alpha acids remaining
- Aroma: Mild and pleasant, slightly spicy, fruity, floral, little earthy
- Grower notes: An older commercial variety. Crown buds form relatively high, so they need winter protection by hilling the rows in fall or mulching. A “workhorse” hop, but has to be sourced carefully- there is a lot of virus infected rhizome stock being distributed from older yards of Willamette. Of the Fuggle types, Willamette is the slowest to break winter dormancy. Needs warm temperatures to really get going – does less than optimum in areas with lake effect cooling or if spaced too tightly. Tolerant of a wider range of pH and soil types than most hops.