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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending Aug. 17, 2014

Apple harvest underway in Washington

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 10% very poor, 18% poor, 43% fair, 25% good and 4% excellent. In Yakima County, daytime highs were initially near triple digits at the beginning of the week, before widespread rain showers dropped from 0.05 to 0.08 inch of rain. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, agricultural activities picked up. Field crews were out harvesting melons, squash, cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, as well as blueberries, peaches, and nectarines. Also in Yakima County, Bartlett pear harvest started over the past week. Gala apples were coming in with fruit size and quality considered good. Orchard crews distributed harvest bins in fields, applied kaolin clay and laid down reflective ground cover on what looks to be a big apple harvest. No crop losses due to weather conditions were reported. Whitman County received 0.32 inch of precipitation in scattered thunder showers throughout the week. Producers in Adams County also welcomed the wet weather as winter wheat seeding was set to kick off.

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week


5 Yr. Avg.

Winter wheat harvested 89 83 79 67
Spring wheat harvested 68 49 39 34
Barley harvested 65 40 35 27


Crop Condition


% Acreage






Winter Wheat  - - - - -
Spring Wheat - - - - -
Barley 5 18 54 23 -
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


Very Short (%)

Short (%)

Adequate (%)

Surplus (%)

Topsoil moisture 14 41 44 1
Subsoil moisture 20 45 34 1



Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released Aug. 18, 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