National Hop Report for 2017
Hop acreage and yields continue to increase.
On December 19, 2017, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2017 National Hop Report, which provided U.S. hop yield, acreage and production value for the three major hop-producing states: Washington, Idaho and Oregon. These three top producing states accounted for 96 percent of total U.S. production- 104 million pounds, which was an increase of approximately 17 million pounds from 2016. Total hop acreage in these states also set an all-time record in 2017, at 53,282 acres, up from 50,857 acres in 2016. The value of production in 2017 also reached an all-time high of $618 million.
Harvested acreage in Idaho increased 24 percent from 2016, 3 percent in Washington, and 1 percent in Oregon. Washington continues to dominate production with 75 percent of the total U.S. hop crop, followed by Idaho at 13 percent and Oregon with 11 percent. Idaho moved ahead of Oregon into second place for the first time ever. The top varieties produced in Washington included: Cascade, Centennial, Zeus, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic. These accounted for just over 50 percent of total production in the state. Zeus, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra and Chinook were the top varieties produced in Idaho accounting for over 69 percent of the state’s hop production. Fifty-three percent of Oregon’s production consisted of Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, and Citra. Average U.S. yields per acre were 1959 pounds, an increase of over 14 percent from 2016.
To access the entire report, please visit the NASS website. State and national reports are also available for those who subscribe through email. To receive these emails please visit www.nass.usda.gov and choose either state or national, create an account, and decide which reports you would like to receive via email.
As a reminder, the National Hop Convention will occur in January 2018, and the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference kicks off in Kalamazoo, MI March 13-14, 2018. Please continue to visit Michigan State University Extension’s hop webpage or the MSU Hops News Facebook site for up to date information.