Busy year for hop production in Ontario
Members of the Ontario Hop Growers’ Association produced an approximate 5,000 pounds of wet/fresh hops in 2012. With many growers doubling or triple their yards this past year, that volume is expected to increase exponential as the new plantings reach full maturity and reach full yield potential. It takes approximately three years for a hop plant reach full maturity – averaging between 1,500-1,800 pounds per acre – depending on the variety. 2012 was the first year that hops were grown and harvested commercially across all parts of Ontario, from Alexandria in the east, Barrie /Meaford in Central Ontario and Guelph and Delhi, Guelph & Ingersoll area in the south west.