Farmers Boost Land in Hops

WASHINGTON - Jun 11/14 - SNS -- This year's hops area strung for harvest in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is forecast at 38,392 acres, 9% more than the 2013 crop of 35,224 acres, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates for 2014.

Washington, with 29,021 acres for harvest, accounts for 76% of the United States total acreage.

Oregon hop growers plan to string 5,559 acres, or 14% of the United States total for 2014, with Idaho hop growers accounting for the remaining 10%, or 3,812 acres strung for harvest.

Acreage increased in all three States from 2013. Reporters indicated the 2014 hops crop looks very good, with adequate irrigation water available and normal pest and disease pressure.