2016 Harvest Summary


Prior to Brau Beviale each year, the Economic Commission of the International Hop Growers Convention meets in Nuremberg to provide preliminary updates on global hop production. Having the 2016 harvest data collection complete by early November each year is an ambitious goal and the data must be considered an estimate due to the varying degree of reliability of each country’s...

Late September Crop Update


The hop harvest is coming to a close in the Pacific Northwest. The weather has cooperated for the most part in all growing areas. Cooler temperatures contributed to a reduction in mite pressure, even ripening, and more comfortable conditions for harvest crews. Optimism from some growers in late July that the 2016 crop would be a large one have dissipated...

Early September Crop Update


Weather, in general, has remained favorable in all hop growing areas of the Pacific Northwest so far with the exception of an isolated hail event in Idaho over the weekend. Cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation are in the forecast for the coming week.Yield data is starting to come in from many farms on early varieties. Once again, Centennial...

August Crop Update


Hop harvest has begun in the Pacific Northwest. Early varieties were picked in Oregon almost two weeks ago. Yields appear to be at or near expectations and quality is good so far. Several growers in Washington started late last week with the remaining growers starting harvest this week. Idaho growers were starting harvest late last week. Oregon appears to have...

July Crop Update


Favorable weather conditions and a much improved water situation over 2015 have combined to create a sense of optimism about the 2016 hop crop in the Pacific Northwest. A warm early spring contributed to ideal growing conditions for the large baby crop planted in Washington and Idaho, but also contributed to some challenges in determining ideal timing for training for...

2016 Acreage Report


The annual USA acreage report is out and it is clear from the data that American growers are continuing to commit significant resources to meeting the demand for US aroma hops. While the data is still being compiled for regions outside of the Pacific Northwest, acreage strung for harvest increased in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho based on the National Agricultural...

Hop Growing Across America


When talking to someone in the hop industry, it is not uncommon for the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho), to be referred to as the traditional growing region. However, digging a little deeper into the history of hop growing in the US, an even more traditional hop-growing region is unearthed: the Atlantic Northeast. Without too much of a history...

Farm Perspectives A 50th Harvest...


Over the past 100+ years, the Pacific Northwest has become entwined with families dedicated to growing and producing quality hops. From growers and field workers, to operations and analytical lab crews, the hop community here runs generations deep. At YCH HOPS, we are fortunate to work and connect with many people who have built their lives around hops and are...

Crop Update Harvest Summary


For the most part, the 2015 PNW hop crop is harvested and delivered. While faring better than our German counterparts, the crop in the US had its ups and downs as a result of heat and water issues through most of the summer. As stated here earlier, many of the early maturing varieties suffered the most as a result of...

Crop Update Mid-September


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...

Crop Update September


The weather cooperated very well for growers in all PNW growing regions last week. And the forecast for next week looks favorable also with little rain or wind predicted at this point. There should be gradual warming with temperatures in the 90’s forecast for Saturday. The quality of the 2015 crop has been excellent so far this year, with very...

Crop Update August


Hop harvest has begun in all growing regions in the Pacific Northwest. Heavy winds and local rainfall impeded progress in Oregon and Washington over the weekend, and had many growers scrambling to repair trellis and pick up fallen vines, but no major trellis collapses were reported. The forecast calls for a week of cooler temperatures, less wind, and low chances...

Crop Update July


Drought conditions and heat have created some challenges for hop growers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) this growing season. A warm, dry winter in Washington State has resulted in extremely low snowpack in the mountains, which normally provides much needed irrigation water late in the growing season. The Wapato Irrigation District, which encompasses most of the Yakima Reservation area, has...

Grower Investment


Craft beer is growing in popularity. The Brewers Association, a national organization that advocates for craft brewers, home brewers, and other industry organizations, recently published the astronomical growth trends over the past ten years, which you can find by clicking here. The economic impact craft beer is having on the United States alone is staggering at over $33 billion, and...

Acreage Report


In the world of hops, a lot has happened over the past several years. As recent as seven years ago, could anyone have imagined that by 2015 aroma acreage in the United States would surpass alpha acreage or that Willamette, the most popular aroma variety at the time, would no longer be considered in the top 5? How about the...