Crop progress report 0806: Plentiful berries, wheat, sunshine in Washington


There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 16 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 32 percent good. A low temperature of 48 degrees F was reported in the southeast and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 106 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged between 1 degree below normal to 10 degrees above normal.

Skagit County had short periods of rain, but sunny and dry conditions continued. Seed potato growers in Whatcom County were devining in preparation for harvest. Raspberry harvest was winding down; blueberry harvest was ongoing. Farmers remained busy rotating irrigation to keep up with the demand for water. Cranberry growers in Pacific County were concerned about water availability for harvest in the fall. Blueberries were in their prime in San Juan County. Apples, pears, and plums continued to size up. Barley was in good condition, but not yet harvest-ready in San Juan County.

Pastures continued to dry out in Klickitat County. Wheat harvest continued. A wildfire near Wishram burned about 14,000 acres of pasture. This was the seventh consecutive week without precipitation in Yakima County. Field crews harvested peaches, nectarines, blueberries and melons. Tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, melons, sweet corn, summer squash, peppers and eggplant were all available at local vegetable stands.

Winter grain harvest started throughout northeastern Washington. Sporadic rain and thunder storms delayed some producers for several days. Nectarine harvest finished up in Franklin County. Grass seed and sweet corn harvest continued. Harvest was in full swing and going well on the Palouse. Good yields were reported.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
6% fair
52% good
40% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
4% poor
21% fair
60% good
15% excellent

0% very poor
3% poor
14% fair
72% good
11% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
02% fair
71% good
7% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
9% fair
61% good
30% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
16% this week
6% last week
15% last year
30% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
49% this week
28% last week
51% last year
60% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
15% this week
2% last week
11% last year
24% 5-year average

Oats headed:
99% this week
90% last week
98% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats harvested:
7% this week
3% last week
10% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
62% this week
44% last week
51% last year
61% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
61% this week
25% last week
24% last year
NA% 5-year average