Hop Production Up in ’07

Hop production for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2007 totaled 60.3 million
pounds, up 4 percent from the 2006 crop of 57.7 million pounds and 14 percent
above the 2005 production of 52.9 million pounds.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Idaho’s production decreased 9 percent in 2007. Production in Washington and Oregon increased 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Acreage in 2007 was up in all three states with a 5 percent increase overall.

Yields decreased slightly in Washington to 2,049 pounds per acre, and increased in Oregon to 1,811 pounds per acre. Due to an increase in the presence of “babies”, Idaho yields dropped to 1,417 pounds per acre, 196 pounds less than a year ago.

Washington growers produced 77 percent of the U.S. hop crop for 2007. Zeus,
Columbus/Tomahawk, Willamette, and Galena were the leading varieties in
Washington, accounting for 71 percent of the State’s hop crop. In Oregon,
Willamette and Nugget were the major varieties, accounting for 79 percent of
the State’s hop production.