Crop Progress Report 07/23: State continues to be in a dry spell amid harvest

There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 10 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 44 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 38 degrees F was reported in the northeast region. A high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 5 degrees below normal to 6 degrees above normal. Throughout the state, warmer than normal temperatures were reported along with a lack of precipitation. A wet spring this year was followed by a dry summer which has started to leave a negative impact on producers. Most counties claimed that their pastures were dried out and were having issues with regrowth due to the lack of rain. Some livestock producers had to start feeding out old hay in order to supplement feed. Despite pasture condition declining, livestock were doing well throughout the state.

Klickitat County reported that a few producers will be able to get a third cutting of alfalfa in the next couple of weeks. Despite a lack of moisture, corn throughout the state looked good and didn’t show signs of stress. Fruit crops were doing well throughout the state. Blackberries and blueberries especially looked good and large in size.

Snohomish County reported that pumpkins were coming along well though they were still small in size. Tomatoes started to show some color in the early varieties. Dry pea harvest began throughout the state with no reported issues on condition.

Douglas County reported that its canola harvest had begun. Winter wheat continued to be harvested.

Columbia and Walla Walla counties received reports from producers that the winter wheat yields were high due to the moisture content from the wet spring. In contrast, Klickitat County had a few early reports of lower than expected yields due to a lack of moisture.

Overall, Washington has been warmer and drier than normal which has been concerning to both livestock and crop producers throughout the state.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
14% fair
68% good
15% excellent

Spring wheat:
3% very poor
20% poor
37% fair
39% good
1% excellent

2% very poor
11% poor
47% fair
39% good
1% excellent

0% very poor
4% poor
69% fair
26% good
1% excellent

Dry, edible peas:
0% very poor
15% poor
25% fair
58% good
2% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
97% this week
93% last week
100% last year
99% 5-year average

Spring wheat harvested:
2% this week
NA last week
2% last year
6% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
18% this week
8% last week
21% last year
24% 5-year average

Barley headed:
99% this week
90% last week
99% last year
99% 5-year average

Oats headed:
89% this week
54% last week
93% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats harvested:
1% this week
NA last week
24% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
30% this week
1% last week
37% last year
30% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
80% this week
68% last week
79% last year
62% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
13% this week
7% last week
21% last year
NA 5-year average