The final stage of the 2015 crop hop harvest is beginning in all growing regions. The harvest is starting to wrap up in Oregon, with most parts of Idaho and Washington still a week or two away from completion. While the heat and dry weather during the growing season were troublesome in most of the regions, the weather has been almost ideal for most of the harvest season.
Most of the Centennial yield data is in and the news is not good.The crop was off in most of the regions by 10-35%.There are many theories as to why the yields have been disappointing overall for the third year in a row. It remains to be seen whether the decline is due to weather, training dates, harvest dates or some other factor. This is a variety that is growing in demand and it will be a challenge to the grower community to come up with solutions.
On the positive side, Cascade yields were at or slightly above 5 year averages in most areas. As noted in earlier reports, the Reservation area seemed to be the most affected by the unseasonable heat and drought conditions. Good yields in most of the other regions seem to have offset any significant regional shortages.
Simcoe® and Citra® yields are about as expected and Mosaic® yields are slightly above expectations. Quality, as noted by many brewers who are in the Valley for selection, is excellent with very few exceptions.
The alpha crop harvest is underway with Nugget yields in Oregon good and CTZ yields in Washington and Idaho at or slightly above 5 year averages. Alpha analyses seem to be normal, so far.
The weather forecast seems favorable for the rest of harvest with highs in the mid-70s to mid 80s expected with little precipitation in the forecast.
*Simcoe® YCR 14 cv., Citra® YCR 394 cv., and Mosaic HBC 369 cv. are registered trademarks of Select Botanicals Group, LLC (Brand YCR) and/or Hop Breeding Company LLC (Brand HBC).