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2017 National Hop Report 20% Growth in Production

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Yesterday the 2017 National Hop Report was released and reported that hop production was up 20% from 2016. Also, the northwest reported increases across the board, led by Idaho. The National Hop Report is compiled/authored by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

More from the report:

Production for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2017 totaled a record high 104 million pounds, up 20 percent from the 2016 crop of 87.1 million pounds. Combined area harvested for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2017 totaled a record high 53,282 acres, up 5 percent from the 2016 level of 50,857 acres. Harvested acreage increased in all three states: 24 percent in Idaho, 3 percent in Washington, and 1 percent in Oregon. United States hop yield, at 1,959 pounds per acre, increased 246 pounds from a year ago.

Washington produced 75 percent of the United States hop crop for 2017; while Idaho accounted for 13 percent and Oregon accounted for 11 percent. The 2017 crop year marked the first time Idaho hop production surpassed production in Oregon. Cascade, Centennial, Zeus, Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic were the six leading varieties in Washington, accounting for 54 percent of the State’s hop production. In Idaho, Zeus, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra, and Chinook were the major varieties, accounting for 69 percent of the State’s hop production. In Oregon, Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, and Citra were the major varieties, accounting for 53 percent of the State’s hop production.

The 2017 value of production for the United States totaled a record high $618 million, up 24 percent from the previous record high value of $498 million in 2016.

Read the full statistics heavy report here.

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