Crop progress report 0623: Cooler temps helped stave off drought effects in Washington


There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 days the previous week.

In Whatcom County, the absence of rain continued, and raspberries ripened. In San Juan County, a tease of rain helped grass growth along. This year’s hay dried out early, and most farms harvested last week. Berries bloomed; raspberries set fruit with marionberries just behind. Kiwis bloomed while apples and pears sized up. San Juan and Island counties were left out of Gov. Inslee’s drought declaration, but growers believed they should have been included. In Snohomish County, rain arrived and kept some farmers out of fields. Strawberry harvest was in full swing, raspberries were nearly ready, and cherries continued to ripen slowly. Second cuttings of hay began in Snohomish County.

In Yakima, Kittitas and Chelan counties, wind damaged ripe cherries in orchards. Dry weather persisted throughout central Washington, and temperatures cooled off from mid-June’s record breaking highs. Klickitat County producers finished their first cutting of hay and worried about the growing pesticide resistance of alfalfa weevils. Green onions and green beans were harvested in Yakima County, while early sweet corn was up to waists. Three-quarters of hops crested their trellises. Raspberries and sweet cherries were at farm stands. Apples were hand-thinned.

In Stevens County, showers were light and temperatures were cool.

Adams and Franklin counties had cooler temperatures that allowed irrigation to catch up. Crop development slowed in Adams and Lincoln counties. Early sweet corn tasseled in Franklin County, while timothy hay was harvested, and fields were readied for beans or sweet corn. Some green peas were harvested.

In Columbia and Walla Walla counties, winter wheat condition was strong, and yields were predicted at above average. Peas bloomed and some pea harvest began in southern Walla Walla County 

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
19% fair
66% good
11% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
31% fair
56% good
10% excellent

1% very poor
1% poor
24% fair
63% good
11% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
36% fair
63% good
1% excellent

Dry edible pea:
0% very poor
1% poor
8% fair
83% good
8% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
64% this week
13% last week
76% last year
66% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
95% this week
91% last week
99% last year
98% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
96% this week
91% last week
99% last year
99% 5-year average

Barley headed:
49% this week
17% last week
71% last year
61% 5-year average

Oats planted:
100% this week
90% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
70% this week
65% last week
95% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
2% this week
1% last week
41% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
94% this week
89% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
93% this week
88% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
40% this week
2% last week
32% last year
25% 5-year average