Hops harvest

A wagon load of hops enters the warehouse during harvest last September at Wenas Hop Co., Selah, Wash. The state grew 73 percent of the nation’s hops in 2018. Idaho and Oregon grew the rest.

MOXEE, Wash. — U.S. hop production reached a record high of 107 million pounds in 2018, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

But production grew just 1 percent in 2018 versus 20 percent in 2017, a NASS report says. The U.S. produced 106 million pounds of hops in 2017 and 87 million in 2016.

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