Late last year, right before break (a time when I vow to do nothing), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Agricultural Statistics Board and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released some great info on the 2019 hop harvest. This PDF shows an impressive breakdown of the hop area harvested in the United States, yield, production, price and value. It also shares some interesting factual nuggets about the overall harvest. Here are 10 to begin your work week.
- Production for Idaho, Oregon and Washington in 2019 totaled a record high 112 million lbs, up 5 percent from the 2018 crop of 107 million lbs.
- Combined area harvested for Idaho, Oregon and Washington in 2019 totaled a record high 56,544 acres, up 3 percent from the 2018 level of 55,035 acres.
- Harvested acreage increased in Idaho and Washington but declined in Oregon.
- The United States hop yield, at 1,981 lbs per acre, was up 38 lbs from a year ago.
- Washington produced 73 percent of the United States hop crop for 2019.
- Idaho accounted for 15 percent, and Oregon accounted for 12 percent of the 2019 harvest.
- Citra, Cascade, Zeus, Simcoe, C/T/ZR and Mosaic were the six leading varieties in Washington, accounting for 50 percent of the state’s hop production.
- In Idaho, C/T/ZR, Mosaic, Chinook, Zeus, Citra and Cascade were the major varieties, accounting for 65 percent of the state’s hop production.
- In Oregon, Nugget, Cascade, Citra and Willamette were the major varieties, accounting for 50 percent of the state’s hop production.
- The 2019 value of production for the United States totaled $637 million, up 9 percent from the previous year.
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