Hop Poduction Set to Increase in 2015



WASHINGTON - Jun 10/15 - SNS -- Farmers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have strung an estimated 43,987 acres of hops for harvest this year, 16% more than the 2014 crop of 38,011 acres, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates for 2015.

If realized, this will be the third highest total harvested acreage on record. Washington, with 32,205 acres for harvest, accounts for 73% of the United States total acreage. Oregon hop growers plan to string 6,807 acres, or 16% of the United States total, with Idaho hop growers accounting for the remaining 11%, or 4,975 acres strung for harvest. Acreage increased in all three States from 2014 and, if realized, both Washington and Idaho acres will be at record high levels.

The 2015 hop crop has been reported as very good, with normal pest and disease pressure. In Washington's Yakima Valley, growers utilized efficient drip irrigation systems to conserve water and were supplementing reduced irrigation supplies with groundwater.

Hops Area Harvested by Variety - States and United States: 2014 and
Forecasted June 1, 2015
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   State and variety   :      Area harvested      :    Strung for harvest
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                       :           2014           :           2015
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                       :                        acres
                       :
Idaho                  :
Apollo R ....          :            285                        285
Bravo R .....          :            126                        166
Calypso ...............:              -                         81
Cascade ...............:            821                        772
Centennial ............:             74                        265
Chinook ...............:            344                        256
Citra TM ....          :             91                        327
Crystal ...............:             29                        101
El Dorado R .          :             63                        205
Mosaic TM ...          :              -                        272
                       :
Simcoe R ....          :             67                        189
Super Galena R         :            161                         92
Zeus ..................:            662                        662
Experimental ..........:             41                         67
                       :
Other varieties 1/ 2/ .:            979                      1,235
                       :
Total .................:          3,743                      4,975
                       :
Oregon                 :
Cascade ...............:            961                      1,097
Centennial ............:            443                        679
Chinook ...............:              -                        129
Citra TM ....          :              -                        235
Crystal ...............:              -                        397
Fuggle ................:            (D)                         95
Golding ...............:            234                        238
Liberty ...............:            (D)                        177
Magnum ................:            176                        270
Mt. Hood ..............:            269                        296
                       :
Nugget ................:          1,363                      1,433
Perle .................:            100                         96
Simcoe  R ...          :              -                        189
Sterling ..............:            130                        220
Super Galena R         :            125                         67
Tettnanger ............:            (D)                        141
Willamette ............:            564                        718
Experimental ..........:            (D)                          -
                       :
Other varieties 1/ 2/ .:          1,045                        330
                       :
Total .................:          5,410                      6,807
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See footnote(s) at end of table.                                  --continued
Hops Area Harvested by Variety - States and United States: 2014 and
Forecasted June 1, 2015 (continued)
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   State and variety   :      Area harvested      :    Strung for harvest
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                       :           2014           :           2015
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                       :                        acres
                       :
Washington             :
ADHA-483 Azacca TM     :              79                        181
ADHA-881 Jarrylo TM    :              75                        122
Ahtanum TM ..          :             194                        145
Apollo R ....          :             700                        708
Bravo R .....          :             584                        562
Cascade ...............:           4,837                      4,934
Centennial ............:           2,836                      3,770
Chinook ...............:           1,297                      1,300
Citra TM ....          :           1,670                      2,326
                       :
Cluster ...............:             728                        666
Columbus/Tomahawk R    :           1,738                      1,677
Comet .................:               -                        108
Crystal ...............:             181                        131
El Dorado R .          :              82                        243
Galena ................:             306                        155
Glacier ...............:             126                        294
Golding ...............:              94                         53
Magnum ................:               -                        108
Millennium ............:             113                         67
                       :
Mosaic TM ...          :             671                      1,518
Mt. Hood ..............:             150                        133
Northern Brewer .......:             131                        123
Nugget ................:             265                        202
Simcoe R ....          :           1,819                      2,889
Summit TM ...          :           2,522                      1,688
Super Galena R         :             606                        351
Tettnanger ............:             (D)                         38
Vanguard ..............:              58                         84
Willamette ............:             595                        454
                       :
YCR-4 (Palisade R)     :             223                        (D)
YCR-5 (Warrior R)      :             192                        698
Zeus ..................:           3,375                      2,989
Experimental ..........:             392                        343
                       :
Other varieties 1/ 2/ .:           2,219                      3,145
                       :
Total .................:          28,858                     32,205
                       :
United States 3/ ...   :          38,011                     43,987
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-  Represents zero.
(D)Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
R Registered
TM Trademark
1/ Includes data withheld to avoid disclosure of individual operations and
   varieties not listed.
2/ Other varieties may include Amarillo, Brewers Gold, Bullion, Cashmere,
   Chelan, Columbia, Equinox, Eureka, Fuggle, Meridian, Mt. Rainier, Saaz,
   Santiam, Soriachi Ace, Triple Pearl, Tahoma, and Yakima Gold.
3/ Includes 345 organic acres in 2014 and 348 acres in 2015.