Crop progress report 0728: Thunderstorms roiled across pastures in Eastern Washington


There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 days suitable the previous week.

Temperatures warmed up in Asotin and Garfield counties, which helped winter wheat finish maturing. Windy conditions were reported. In Douglas County, winter wheat harvest began and early yields were reported as average to above-average. Harvest was in full swing in Lincoln County. Thunderstorms passed through Douglas and Chelan counties and caused a number of fires. No crop damage was reported, but pastureland and CRP acreage was burned in Douglas County’s Browns Canyon Fire. Soft fruit harvest continued in Chelan County.

In Franklin County, temperatures finally reached a near-normal level for late July. Thunderstorms, including hail, high winds and rain passed through Franklin County, though no crop damage was reported. Peaches and nectarines were picked, while cherry harvest wrapped up. Grass seed was combined. Third cutting hay continued in some areas.

In Yakima County, thunderstorms dropped half an inch of rain and hail, while lightning sparked fires county-wide. Some fires grew into uncontained brush fires. Air quality dropped to unhealthy levels. Late cherries trickled in, and peach picking picked up. Bins were put out in Bartlett pear orchards. Blueberry harvest ramped up. In northwestern Washington, temperatures rose again and helped crops mature. Raspberries and blueberries were harvested. In Whatcom County, seed potatoes bloomed and silage corn tasseled. Minor precipitation was received, but irrigation was still necessary.

In Skagit County, a good deal of seed crops were cut. Grain harvest began in Snohomish, King, Jefferson and Clallam counties. Many producers combined light rainfall with irrigation last week. However, in San Juan County, lack of irrigation infrastructure prevented producers from irrigating where necessary. Most crops throughout western Washington looked good with light degradation due to a combination of drought and the return of summer heat.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
20% fair
62% good
13% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
4% poor
28% fair
57% good
9% excellent

1% very poor
2% poor
28% fair
64% good
5% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
36% fair
62% good
1% excellent

Dry edible pea:
0% very poor
2% poor
13% fair
74% good
11% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
2% this week
0% last week
5% last year
14% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
19% this week
10% last week
26% last year
39% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
1% this week
0% last week
2% last year
9% 5-year average

Oats headed:
89% this week
78% last week
90% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats harvested:
0% this week
0% last week
3% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
45% this week
14% last week
41% last year
50% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
93% this week
88% last week
94% last year
81% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
27% this week
2% last week
48% last year
NA 5-year average