U.S. Hops Output Rising



WASHINGTON - Aug 13/15 - SNS -- Hops production in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington is forecast at 80.0 million pounds for 2015, up 13% from last year's 71.0 million pounds, according to the latest USDA production forecast for 2015.

Area strung for harvest, at 43,987 acres, is up 16% from 2014. Yield is forecast at 1,818 pounds per acre, 50 pounds less than 2014.

Yields for Alpha varieties were reported to be above average, while high temperatures in June and July across the Pacific Northwest negatively impacted the yield of aroma varieties. Some areas of Washington's lower Yakima Valley have been impacted by problems with irrigation district water delivery. There were reports of increased mite pressure in some areas.

Hop Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2014 and
Forecasted August 1, 2015
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              :    Area harvested     :    Yield per acre     :      Production
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2014    :   2015    :   2014    :   2015    :   2014    :   2015
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              :  ------ acres -----       ----- pounds ----     --- 1,000 pounds ---
              :
Idaho ........:   3,743       4,975       1,847       2,100      6,913.8    10,447.5
Oregon .......:   5,410       6,807       1,520       1,700      8,221.0    11,571.9
Washington ...:  28,858      32,205       1,936       1,800     55,861.1    57,969.0
              :
United States :  38,011      43,987       1,868       1,818     70,995.9    79,988.4
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