This year we are once again bringing you closer to the Hallertau with our entertaining HopUpdates video, produced directly on-site in the hop fields by our experts. With the HopUpdates, you will learn first-hand about plant development and the outlook for the new hop harvest.
In the last HopUpdate we could still see the blooms. In the meantime, the blooms have developed into cones. This corresponds to the development stage BBCH 81, i.e., the hop cones have reached full size and they are now at the start of the ripening phase.
This means, that Lupulin is created in the cones and alpha and beta acids are formed. Even the other varieties show a similar development: early maturing varieties like Northern Brewer and Hallertauer Mittelfrüh are in the development stage of 85, i.e., one week before the other varieties. Late maturing varieties like Herkules and flavor varieties are in the development stage of 79, i.e., the hop cones have reached full size and maturity starts soon.
Overall, the hops have developed very well due to an abundance of rainfall and steady warm temperatures. This has allowed the hops to make up for the development deficit from the spring, meaning the harvest can start on time at the beginning of September. The weather conditions this year were luckily not ideal for aphids and spider mites. There were however more problems with fungal diseases, but powdery mildew was not as prevalent as in other years. Downy mildew was more of an issue this year given the warm and humid weather conditions. A loss of quality and yield can be expected from this.
Otherwise, the hops have grown very well and we expect an average to slightly above-average crop. This was a short overview of the hop development. Stay safe! We wish the hop growers a good and accident-free harvest!
Hopfen und Malz, Gott erhalts!