Crop progress 0723: Fires raged in dehydrated Washington


There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 7 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 35 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 39 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 106 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged between normal to 9 degrees above normal.

All areas of the state reported hot and dry conditions; Kelso was the only area to receive precipitation. The Puget Sound’s high temperatures continued to stress crops. All producers with access to irrigation were irrigating. Pasture and crops were showing drought stress. Strawberry harvest wrapped up, raspberry harvest was ongoing, and blueberry harvest started. Beets and carrots were finished planting in Jefferson County. Plums, apples, and pears continued to size up in San Juan County. Field corn in Snohomish County grew exceptionally with the heat. Wheat harvest was ongoing in Klickitat County.

Winter and spring grains in the northeast region were still green. Winter wheat was nearing harvest. Dry peas and garbanzos were in excellent shape. Harvest for soft fruit nectarines and apricots in Franklin County started. Onions and potatoes in the southern end of Franklin County started harvest.

Multiple fires burned in Kittitas and Grant counties, one spreading up towards 6,000 acres of range damage. Asotin, Garfield, Adams and Lincoln xounties were in full swing winter wheat harvest. Early wheat yield and quality appeared above average. A fire in Garfield County consumed about 800 acres of range and cropland.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
7% fair
65% good
26% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
18% fair
66% good
13% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
13% fair
76% good
10% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
18% fair
68% good
12% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
10% fair
75% good
15% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
0% this week
0% last week
2% last year
5% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
16% this week
8% last week
17% last year
23% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
0% this week
0% last week
0% last year
4% 5-year average

Oats headed:
89% this week
82% last week
84% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats harvested:
0% this week
0% last week
1% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
23% this week
21% last week
26% last year
31% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
91% this week
82% last week
78% last year
70% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
21% this week
0% last week
12% last year
NA% 5-year average