The Crop Report Is In…

September 4, 2008

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And it appears that hop production is up.  Reading the report, you’ll notice that crop yield is virtually identical, but the number of acres harvested has increased.  A 27% increase from 2007 is nice, but it’s hard to determine what effect it will have on actual hop prices.  As with barley, the cost to harvest and transport the crops to market is still rising.  Also, the demand for American hops is still increasing.  Since hop vines take over three years to begin full production, it’s possible that past shortages motivated farmers to increase their production and we’ll continue to see annual improvements.

The Hallertau region is harvesting right now as well.  Hopefully the Germans have had an equally good year.

Report courtesy of Clarence Beeks.

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Oregon/Publications/Field_Crop_Report/crop%20reports/08_12cr.pdf

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    5 Responses to “The Crop Report Is In…”

    1. trixiebelle Says:

      The reason my hops didn’t come in last year was because I had a drainage problem in my lower field, this has since been fixed…hooray for hops!

    2. mike Says:

      I got excited, thinking that this was an announcement for Trading Places 2.

    3. ForbiddenDonut Says:

      Keep on dreaming Mike. Although, they could make a sequel with Eddie Murphy playing all of the lead roles.

    4. ben Says:

      I’m trying to remember if there was a fat old lady in the first Trading Places…

    5. ForbiddenDonut Says:

      Maybe Arsenio can play Randolph and Mortimer.