Crop progress report 0714: Cherries, apricots, peaches and berries were harvested in Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.9 days suitable the previous week.

In Whitman County, weather stayed mild and boosted crop condition. In Walla Walla and Columbia counties, crop condition was good, and weather helped harvest commence for winter wheat. Many peas were harvested for forage. Winter wheat producers set harvest dates for this week in the southwestern part of Adams County. Franklin County had a good week of growing temperatures. Apricots and peaches were picked. Grass seed was cut and put in windrows throughout Franklin County. Potato vines were being sprayed out.

Precipitation evaded Yakima County, and sweet cherry harvest moved to northern orchards with late-maturing varieties. High temperatures slowed down raspberry harvest, but harvest of blueberries, apricots and peaches picked up. Apple trees were thinned, and pear tree branches were propped up. Sweet corn and melons appeared at farm stands alongside beans, cucumbers and summer squash. Hops filled trellises and many reached flowering stage.

Cool temperatures in Snohomish County encouraged field work, and berry harvest continued to go well. In San Juan County, another infusion of moisture helped prolong serious crop damage. However, topsoil did not stay wet due to warmth and sun breaks. 

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
23% fair
62% good
10% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
33% fair
55% good
9% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
28% fair
65% good
6% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
38% fair
61% good
1% excellent

Dry edible pea:
0% very poor
1% poor
8% fair
85% good
6% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
95% this week
89% last week
99% last year
98% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
1% this week
0% last week
7% last year
9% 5-year average

Barley headed:
90% this week
75% last week
94% last year
95% 5-year average

Oats headed:
70% this week
55% last week
79% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
67% this week
58% last week
81% last year
67% 5-year average