KOIN: Coleman Agriculture begins hop harvest
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Oregonians love their beer -- something that wouldn't be possible without hop farmers who are in the middle of the season.
Brewers and brokers around the state get their hops from Coleman Agriculture in St. Paul.
The family-owned business works around-the-clock to make making they produce high quality hops. Machinery moves through the hop fields trimming bines before a top cutter clips them off an overhead line and they're collected in the back of a truck. From there, the bines are suspended from hooks, lifted from the truck to the processing house where the machinery discards the bines -- leaving behind the valuable cones that go into beer.