Crop progress report 07/11: Drought conditions remained throughout Washington


There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 11, were above normal.

In Whatcom County, producers struggled to keep up with irrigation as high temperatures and dry conditions continued. Widespread damage to raspberries and blueberries was caused by the heat. In San Juan County, high temperatures harmed some berry crops, specifically blueberries. CSA farms continued to harvest. In Skagit County, crops were running out of moisture, and producers were concerned about yields. With no moisture, grass regrowth in pastures were low. High temperatures created issues for orchards with little labor to get fruit off before the heat affected the quality.

In Yakima County, drought conditions remained throughout the area. Wheat harvest begun at the east end of the county. Wildfires throughout the area broke out between Yakima and Klickitat counties. The large wildfire spread to over 7,000 acres. Field crews harvested late-maturing sweet cherries and apricots. Many producers tried to reduce the surface temperature of fruit in the field.

In Garfield County, dry and hot conditions struck major fires. The Silcott and Dry Gulch fires in Asotin County burned standing grain, pastures and fence lines.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
11% very poor
29% poor
48% fair
12% good
0% excellent

Spring wheat:
36% very poor
47% poor
16% fair
1% good
0% excellent

19% very poor
44% poor
35% fair
2% good
0% excellent

10% very poor
23% poor
17% fair
50% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
8% very poor
48% poor
33% fair
11% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
10% this week
0% last week
2% last year
3% 5-year average

Oats headed:
82% this week
77% last week
66% last year
64% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
2% this week
NA last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
57% this week
30% last week
41% last year
62% 5-year average