The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released a new round of projections for several crops in the Northwest.


Winter Wheat production is projected to be down significantly in both Oregon, 15 percent fewer bushels than 2016, and Washington, 17 percent.


Pear production is down from last year and 10 percent below the five-year average. The projections are forecasting 17.6 million boxes, or 390,000 tons of pears between Oregon and Washington.


The acreage strung for hops is, perhaps unsurprisingly, up in the Northwest. Washington acreage will be about 1,500 acres more in 2017 than last year, and Oregon is up more than 300 acres.


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