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State of the Industry from the 2010-2012 NC Hops Project

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Written by Rob Austin. This project was conducted by Rob Austin and Scott King in Soil Science (now Crop and Soil Sciences) and Jeanine Davis in Horticultural Science. It was funded by a GoldenLeaf Foundation grant.

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) report released March 22, 2010, the inventory of hops help by growers, dealers, and brewers on March 1st, 2010 totaled 102 million pounds, a record high for the U.S. The current inventory of hops surpasses the previous record of 100 million lbs. reported March 1st, 1984.

Inventory held by brewers was up 18%, totaling 47 million pounds. Stocks held by dealers and growers was up 31%, totaling 55 million pounds. Overall, this is a 24% increase from the March 1, 2009 stocks.

Total inventory held by dealers, growers, and brewers as of March 1st, 2010 (USDA NASS,2010)

Figure 1: Total inventory held by dealers, growers, and brewers as of March 1st, 2010 (USDA NASS,2010).

Figure 2: Hops inventory held by growers, dealers, and brewers, United States, 2007-2010 (USDA NASS,2010)

Figure 2: Hops inventory held by growers, dealers, and brewers, United States, 2007-2010 (USDA NASS,2010).

Additional 2010 Hops Production Information:

  • Washington State is forecast to harvest 24,115 acres of hops in 2010 (77% of the total harvested in the Pacific Northwest).
  • The USDA Hops Production Forecast for the Pacific Northwest as of June 1st, 2010 totals 31,251 acres. This is down from 39,726 acres harvested in 2009.
  • The three most planted varieties in the Pacific Northwest are Zeus (4505 ac) Willamette (3584 ac) and Columbus/TomahawkR (3101 ac).
  • Idaho acreage for 2010 was reduced by 42% from 2009 (1,686 acres); Oregon is down by 21.5%(1,316 acres); and Washington is down by 18.5%(5,473 acres).