Crop progress report 0707: Washington state stayed cool for summer weather


There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 days suitable the previous week.

Mild temperatures and moderate precipitation across western Washington helped maintain good crop condition. Soil moisture still lagged behind previous years. In Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties, temperatures held below average with light showers of rain. Ground moisture was adequate, though some fields were still supplemented with irrigation. Cool, damp weather allowed wire worms to stay within root zones. Corn height was average, with early corn standing three feet, and later plants just breaking the soil surface. Early vegetable harvest was strong in Snohomish County. Second cuttings of hay continued.

In Whatcom County, blueberries ripened rapidly and approached an early harvest date. Raspberry harvest continued. Supplemental irrigation was necessary despite light moisture throughout the week. In San Juan County, most hay harvest finished. Livestock stayed on pastures. CSA growers harvested and planted fall harvest vegetables. Fruit sized up, raspberries were harvested, and marionberries were close behind. Some blueberries were also harvested. Crop condition was excellent in Skagit County.

No precipitation was reported in Yakima or Kittitas counties. Farm stands were full of a cornucopia of vegetables. First cuttings of mint began. Harvest of Rainier and Bing sweet cherries slowed as the Yakima County cherry harvest peak passed. Apricots and blueberries were harvested. Early-maturing hops flowered.

In Okanogan and Ferry counties, hail, heavy rains and thunderstorms damaged cherries and pears.

Winter wheat turned quickly in Lincoln County. Crown rot was found in many winter wheat fields in Douglas County. Wheat conditions were strong in Columbia, Walla Walla and Whitman counties.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
23% fair
58% good
14% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
39% fair
46% good
11% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
29% fair
57% good
13% excellent

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

Dry edible pea:
0% very poor
3% poor
22% fair
68% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
89% this week
79% last week
95% last year
94% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
0% this week
0% last week
1% last year
3% 5-year average

Barley headed:
75% this week
73% last week
89% last year
90% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
95% this week
77% last week
100% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
55% this week
12% last week
61% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
58% this week
49% last week
69% last year
55% 5-year average