Farmers planted 2.80 million acres of barley for the 2020 crop year, up 3 percent from the previous year. Nationwide, 97 percent of the barley acreage was sown by June 7th with 75 percent of the barley acreage being reported in good to excellent condition.
Hop acreage strung for harvest in 2020 for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is forecast at a record high 59,174 acres, 5 percent more than last year’s previous record of 56,544 acres. Washington, with 42,343 acres for harvest, accounts for 72 percent of the total United States acreage. Idaho area strung for harvest was 9,374 acres, or 16 percent of the United States total and Oregon hop growers accounted for the remaining 12 percent, or 7,457 acres. Acreage increased from last year in all three States.
The top five hop varieties strung for harvest in the United States this year are CitraR, SimcoeR, Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus, MosaicR and Cascade.
A full report released June 30, 2020, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) here.