The inventory of hops held by growers dealers, and brewers on March 1, 2012, totaled 117 million pounds which is 3 percent less than the USDA‘s revised March 1. 2011 estimate. Still, this is the second highest level for March 1 hop stocks ever recorded. The previous record of 121 million pounds was set on March 1, 2011.
March 2012 hop stocks are down 3% from 2011’s numbers but still very high compared to years previous.
Production for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2011 totaled 64.8 million pounds, down 1 percent from the 2010 crop of 65.5 million pounds. Idaho’s production increased 10 percent in 2011. Production in Washington and Oregon decreased 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively…Washington growers produced 79 percent of the United States hop crop in 2011. Zeus, Columbus/Tomahawk, Cascade, and Super Galena were the leading varieties in Washington, accounting for 49 percent of the State’s hop production. In Oregon, Nugget and Willamette were the major varieties, accounting for 58 percent of the State’s hop production.
Here’s a chart of the hop production from 1992 to 2011: