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...