We all know that some varieties are in short supply now. Will 2011's crop produce enough for the commercial market and leave enough on the spot market for the homebrewers?
It looks like the growers have responded with new acreage for 2011 in the varieties of hops that are used by the craft brewers and the homebrew community. Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, etc. - all the usual suspects. According to Matt Brynildson during his talk at the NHC, hops in the Yakima valley can produce 80% of the mature yield in the first year due to the climate and soil conditions. This looks to be good for the prospects of making more hop forward beers.
Overall acres are down, and hops like Galena, CTZ, and Willamette have taken that hit.
Amarillo is never in these reports, as they are grown on one farm. Matt said that there are about 700 acres of Amarillo (did not say if that was for 2010 or 2011). He did say more of that is going overseas, as those are now becoming popular in Belgian beers.
You can read here to see the numbers. Hope for a good harvest.http://www.usahops.org/userfiles/file/Statistics/NASS%202011%20June%20Hop%20Acreage.pdf