Hopsteiner, one of the foremost hop growing, trading, breeding and processing firms in the world since 1845, has begun prepping this year’s crops in Yakima Valley. Propagation is a process that begins early in the harvest year by carefully placing the cuttings in the ground and making sure conditions are optimal for hops to grow.
This year, Hopsteiner is plowing and replanting approximately 10 percent of its 4,000 acre crop. The varieties that will be planted are still being considered. These considerations depend on popularity, what is contracted, and how the market looks. Final decisions will be made later this season.