Crop progress 7/9: A hot, dry week in Washington


There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 5 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 49 percent good and 15 percent excellent. A low temperature of 43 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 106 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 1 to 12 degrees above normal.

In the west, the weather was hot and dry with irrigation work underway for field crops and grasses. Strawberry harvests were slowing down while raspberry harvests continued to pick up. Some raspberries died due to the intense heat. Other berries, including blueberries, were nearly ready for harvest, with some areas harvesting earlier than expected. Vegetables were doing very well in the heat, with operations taking full advantage of the weather. Hay and grass cuttings progressed nicely. Livestock were doing relatively well, with some areas on supplemental feed. Overall, the weather provided much heat that aided crops while allowing a full week of work.

In central Washington, temperatures were also very hot with little to no rain present. Fires broke out, but only burned forest land so far. While other crops did well due to the sun and heat, the grass fields dried out, increasing fire risks. Overall, there were no reported losses in the region.

In the eastern region, temperatures soared. A number of fires broke out due to the incredibly dry conditions. Hay cuttings were well underway while winter wheat was turning quickly across the state. Hay cuttings were progressing on schedule, with the first cutting nearly completed. Winter wheat harvests were anticipated to begin soon, earlier than usual in some parts. There were a few concerns about the potato, pea and bean crops due to the extensive heat causing irregular growth. Grass seed was harvested. Overall, the dry conditions helped the winter wheat crop, but the dry conditions posed fire risks.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
13% fair
64% good
20% excellent

Spring wheat:
3% very poor
14% poor
40% fair
42% good
1% excellent

3% very poor
10% poor
40% fair
46% good
1% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
19% fair
80% good
1% excellent

Dry, edible peas:
0% very poor
13% poor
31% fair
52% good
4% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
91% this week
83% last week
94% last year
92% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
4% this week
3% last week
4% last year
2% 5-year average

Barley headed:
85% this week
70% last week
91% last year
90% 5-year average

Oats headed:
40% this week
16% last week
73% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
95% this week
92% last week
100% last year
95% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
49% this week
34% last week
71% last year
44% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
1% this week
NA last week
1% last year
NA 5-year average