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German hops production is expected to be average

Staff Writer | September 22, 2017
Despite frosts, lack of June rain, and a spider mite infestation, German hops production is expected to be average due in part to increased growing area.
German hops production
Germany   The annual hops tour
At the end of August German production was forecast at 39,224 MT, an eight percent decrease compared to the record crop of 2016. Beer production anticipated as stable.

On August 31, 2017, Helmut Brunner, the Bavarian minister of agriculture, Dr. Johann Pichlmaier, president of the German Hop Growers’ Association (Verband deutscher Hopfenpflanzer e.V.), and Peter Hintermeier, Chairman of the German Hop Traders Association (Hopfenwirtschaftsverband) presented the official German harvest forecast for 2017 at the occasion of the annual “hops tour”.

Production prospects for the 2017 harvest are eight percent below 2016’s record crop, despite an increase in hops area of five percent (see table).

This is a consequence of April frosts, a lack of rain (particularly in June), and spider mite infestation.

Good rains in late July prevented a further decrease, however. The exterior quality is expected to be good. Alpha acid contents (inner quality) cannot be assessed, yet.

While the forecasted production represents an “about average” level, Dr. Pichlmaier pointed out that the share of production that is already contracted is at a record high.