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 over the course of the last few weeks. It is not a bad crop in quantity or quality, but there is a very large degree of variability as a result of a very warm spring and the challenges of training date timing.
The cooler temperatures have also contributed to some powdery mildew pressure in CTZ yards. Alpha readings are down on early picked CTZ and mildew pressure is expected to negatively affect yields on many of the yards remaining to be picked.
Centennial yields were up a bit in most Washington growing areas from last year and down a bit in Oregon. Cascades yields were extremely variable with later picked yards picking up for deficiencies of early trained/early picked yards. Simcoe® and Citra® yields were down in Idaho from a good 2015 crop, but were at expected levels in Washington and Oregon. Mosaic® yields are variable, but quality is good and yield targets are being met in most areas. There will be ample volume to fill contract obligations with limited spot availability in some varieties.
The Nugget crop in Oregon generally has met yield expectations, but early picked alpha analyses are down slightly from average.
Many growers are still picking, but most will wind up before the end of this week. Weather is forecast to remain cool and dry. We’ll have a summary report out in a couple of weeks.