YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC – MAI HOANG – YAKIMA, Wash. — U.S. growers, including those in the Yakima Valley harvested a record number of hops, according figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Tuesday.
U.S. growers harvested a record 104 million pounds this year, an increase of 20 percent from the 2016 crop of 87.1 million pounds. The value of this year’s crop, $618 million, was also a new record, breaking the one made just a year ago, when the crop value was $498 million.
Washington state hops accounted for 75 percent — 78.7 million pounds — of the U.S. crop. Just about all the state’s crop is grown in the Yakima Valley. Top hop varieties in Washington state were Cascade, Centennial, Zeus, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic. Combined, the six varieties made up more than half of the state’s crop.
Idaho and Oregon also saw a year-over-year increase in its harvest, producing 13.8 million pounds and 11.9 million pounds of hops, respectively.
Dec 19, 2017
Photo: GORDON KING – Yakima Herald-Republic – file photo – Simcoe variety of hops hangs on a vine at Carpenter Ranches near Granger in September 2013.