After 2 brutal winters, we are having a most unusually mild one this year. Yesterday afternoon, I decided to enjoy some sun and 50 degree F temperature doing some weeding in my hop yard. I can't say I've ever done that in early February in Western New York! Anyway, what do I find but a shoot sticking out of the ground! Man, this can't be good especially since it's supposed to drop down to 6 degrees F on Saturday. I took a chunk of compost to throw over it. I guess I might not have to worry about trimming those first shoots this year. Anyone else seeing hop activity already?