SG532 How to Grow and Harvest Hops Like a Boss with Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops
By this time next year, Eric Sannerud's Mighty Axe Hops will be the largest grower and harvester of hops in the State of Minnesota. This young farming entrepreneur's business has done nothing but shoot up - just like his hops plants.
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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson.
Why did you pick the name Mighty Axe Hops?
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How did you meet your business partner, Ben Boo?
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I find it extraordinary that your very first batch of beer made from your hops sold out in just four hours. Why did you receive such a rabid response?
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What would you tell someone who asks you if they should start growing hops?
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Back when you were just getting started, you met with a handful of growers in the area, visited hop farms, and researched online from sources like the Vermont Extension Program. What experience was particularly inspiring to you in terms of getting started?
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What is it like to see a hops farm for the first time?
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Have you ever flown a drone over your hop yard?
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Hops 101 time: walk us through the key terms used by hops farmers.
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You've totally immersed yourself in the world of hops. Do you dream about hops farming?
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I thought the story you told at TEDx was very moving. You opened your speech by asking the audience to imagine driving with you to your farm on June 20, 2012 - just 63 days into farming. Take us to that day. Time Stamp: 33:15
It looked like the hop bines were growing in a diagonal direction during the first year of your business. Do you have your bines set up differently today?
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How do you get your plants and are they expensive?
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How do you prune your plants?
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What varieties of hops do you grow?
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I think your logo is incredibly clever. I noticed that there's a very subtle mustache on it - how did you come up with that?
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I've seen a new logo on your Facebook page. I call it the hops revolution logo – what does that mean to you?
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I read that you test for moisture content, how do you go about doing that exactly?
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Are you able to go organic at this point in your operation?
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Can you talk about hops in Minnesota without talk about Charlie Rohwer?
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What advice do you have for people in their 20’s who aren't even considering farming as a career?
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This June, Mighty Axe announced a $4.6 million project that includes a $1.3 million harvest facility and 120 acres of farmland in Benton County's GilmantonTownship - making you the state's largest hop farm by far. What are your thoughts as you begin this new part of the Mighty Axe Story?
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What is cover cropping?
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What are buffer strips?
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I was reading that you are also going to be composting by using the leftover 20ft bines. How does that happen?
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You have a tour coming up on August 7th. I'm excited for it and I’m bringing the family. What can we expect?
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