Crop progress report 06/30/19: Much needed rain helped prevent some deterioration of crop conditions


There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, equal to the days suitable the previous week.

In Okanogan, Ferry and Douglas counties, spotty thunderstorms brought moisture to fields. Flash flooding occurred in Chelan County, with hail reported on the Waterville Plateau. However, no crop damage from hail was reported. Cherries suffered from rain damage in Chelan County, while apple producers finished thinning trees.

Adams and Lincoln counties experienced light precipitation and cool temperatures, both of which helped to maintain soil and crop condition. Winter wheat turned in dry areas of Garfield and Asotin counties; soil thinned out as well. Producers neared winter wheat harvest across Eastern Washington. Crop condition was good in Columbia, Walla Walla and Whitman counties. Kittitas and Yakima counties stayed dry.

Green onions, green beans, yellow beans, garlic, summer squash, cucumbers and broccoli showed up in Yakima County farm stands. Sweet corn tasseled, and grape clusters formed. Rainer and Bing sweet cherries were harvested, as well as early-variety apricots and raspberries.

In northwest Washington, much-needed precipitation helped crops recover in the short term from drought conditions. Good growing weather was maintained throughout western Washington. Some field crops were damaged by wire worms, but condition overall was strong. Corn stalks in King and Snohomish Counties were 12 to 16 inches tall with good coloring.

In Whatcom County, strawberry harvest finished, raspberry harvest began, and blueberries ripened. Drought conditions relaxed in San Juan County, which benefitted CSA farms, orchards, and berry farms. Forage regrowth was strengthened by rain statewide.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
21% fair
63% good
11% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
4% poor
29% fair
55% good
10% excellent

1% very poor
2% poor
28% fair
60% good
9% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
36% fair
64% good
0% excellent

Dry edible pea:
0% very poor
1% poor
10% fair
83% good
6% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
79% this week
64% last week
87% last year
84% 5-year average

Barley headed:
73% this week
48% last week
81% last year
79% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
77% this week
70% last week
99% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
12% this week
2% last week
48% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
97% this week
94% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
99% this week
93% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
49% this week
40% last week
49% last year
39% 5-year average