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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending July 27, 2014

Wildfires kill cattle, damage apple orchards

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.9. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 3% very poor, 21% poor, 45% fair, 27% good, and 4% excellent. Regional wild fires have killed approximately 700 head of cattle and damaged apple orchard edges in Okanogan County. Losses along the edges of orchards and farms included hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fruit picking and storage bins and many miles of deer fence. Fires destroyed an estimated 300 homes, many of which were orchard or farm employees’ residences. Growers addressed power losses to irrigation pumps by using on-site generators. Whitman County welcomed cooler weather with a high temperature of 91 degrees. The county also experienced a major storm system that came through on Wednesday afternoon causing some hail damage to winter wheat. In Yakima County scattered showers passed through dropping 0.6 inches of rain, cooling temperatures to the mid-90s over the weekend. Peaches, nectarines and plums were being harvested with a few, late-maturing cherry varieties still entering fruit stands. Field-ripened tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash and melons were on vegetable stands and farmers markets.

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week


5 Yr. Avg.

Winter wheat harvested 39 15 29 16
Spring wheat harvested 14 NA 3 2
Barley harvested 8 NA 2 2


Crop Condition


% Acreage






Winter Wheat  8 25 46 19 2
Spring Wheat 7 26 48 18 1
Barley 5 13 58 24 -
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 16 51 32 1
Subsoil moisture 17 48 34 1



Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released July 28, 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