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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending Aug. 24, 2014

Winter wheat seeding underway, fruit harvest continues in Washington

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.8. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 10% very poor, 17% poor, 44% fair, 24% good and 5% excellent. In Lincoln County, winter wheat harvest was winding down in the northern portion of the county, and winter wheat seeding in the southern end was estimated to be 10% complete. Asotin County received rain last week on Friday and Saturday. Soil moisture was good, but producers anticipated that a few days of hot dry weather are needed to dry out the remainder of the crops. In Klickitat County, temperatures went from the 90s on Monday to the low 50s by Sunday. Thunderstorms built up on Friday and Saturday bringing lightning and intense downpours of between .06 and .08 inch precipitation within minutes around the Goldendale- Centerville Valley area in the afternoon on both days. Also in Klickitat County, peach harvest in the Maryhill Orchard district was about 60% complete with more split pits than in prior years due to adverse weather conditions. In vineyards grape varieties were between 80% and 100% of veraison. In Douglas County, rain caused some flash flooding in areas affected by recent fires.

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week

2013

5 Yr. Avg.

Winter wheat harvested 96 89 89 82
Spring wheat harvested 91 68 61 52
Barley harvested 93 65 58 50

 

Crop Condition

Crop

% Acreage

VP

P

F

G

EX

Winter Wheat  - - - - -
Spring Wheat - - - - -
Barley - - - - -
VP=Very Poor  P=Poor  F=Fair  G=Good  EX=Excellent
*Crop conditions are a measurement of the growing conditions 
and are not indicative of the quality of the crop produced.

 

Soil Moisture

Item

Very Short (%)

Short (%)

Adequate (%)

Surplus (%)

Topsoil moisture 19 36 44 1
Subsoil moisture 19 44 36 1

 

 

Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released Aug. 25, 2014

Washington State University USDA USDA/NASS- Washington Field Office
Cooperative Extension Service Farm Service Agency Christopher Mertz
Richard Koenig Judith Olson NW Regional Director
Dean/Director, WSU Extension State Executive Director