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Kansas farmers defy odds, make hops into crops


April 25, 2021

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — It is a brisk spring morning in mid-April and Kansas Hop Co.'s farm is a blank canvas.

Clyde Sylvester walks across his property over to the 3 acres (1.21 hectares) of soil where hops seeds are resting beneath. Dozens of wooden utility poles stand tall on the property, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Hops season is just beginning in Kansas and in a few short months, Sylvester's hops farm will transform into a green, lush scene.

"They grow to this 18-feet (5.49 meters) length basically in well over a month," Sylvester said. "You can almost watch them grow."


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