Hop production in the Czech Republic will total ca. 6,500 tons in 2017, down from 7,712 tons in 2016. Only the US and Germany produce more hops. More than 50% of Czech production is exported. China´s importance increased in recent years and China is the no. 2 export market for Czech hops, Hospodářské noviny reports. Czech hop growers overcame the financial crisis and the total size of hop fields has been growing again since 2013.