News

2019

For the 2019 harvest New Zealand Hops Limited posted a total production volume 1,045,598 kilograms an increase of 323,639 kilograms or 30 % on the grower owned co-operative's 2018 harvest result. Excellent conditions throughout the spring in the lead up to summer set the plants up for what looked to be a very promising crop through early December and up until Christmas with measured even growth and excellent lateral development. The new year brought with it extremely hot and dry conditions which were to persist throughout the summer, right up until and into the harvest. Gale force winds were also to feature in the lead up to harvest, damaging some gardens that were exposed to the severe unseasonal southerlies, particularly in the Waimea and Wakefield areas.Read more...

2018

The New Zealand Hop co-operative's production volume for 2018 totalled 721,959 kilograms including 17,456 kilograms as certified organics with the mix of cultivars grown comprising seventeen unique New Zealand varieties, six northern types and four trial hops (Table #1). Harvesting commenced mid-February with early varieties such as Pacifica and Taiheke being the first bales received into store and was completed for the most part by the end of March.Read more...

2017

The New Zealand Hop Industry production volume for 2017 totalled 760,529 kilograms including 20,705 kilograms as certified organics with the mix of cultivars grown comprising seventeen unique New Zealand varieties as well as six northern types (Table #1). Harvesting commenced under blue skies in mid-February amidst Indian summer conditions with early varieties such as Pacifica™ and Taiheke® being the first bales received into store.Read more...

2016

The New Zealand Hop Industry production volume for 2016 was 794,017 kilograms comprising 16 unique New Zealand varieties and 8 northern types with a mix of these totalling 25,220 kilograms produced as certified organics. (Table #1). Harvesting commenced in mid-February with the northern varieties, Golding and Fuggle followed by the early maturing New Zealand variety Pacifica. Hop growers harvest several varieties throughout the season and plantings are such that picking can be scheduled as the individual varieties reach maturity within specific harvest windows. The weather conditions during the harvest were for the most part ideal, although some severe winds and torrential rains did occur mid-way with detrimental effects on mid-season varieties in some regions. A garden was brought down under the weight of the drenched bines, compounded further by a battering of gale force winds. In most areas string breakages created issues with plants needing to be re-fixed to the wire work. Read more...