Crop progress report 0813: Good grain harvest continued in Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 16 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 45 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 112 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from normal to 13 degrees above normal.

In western Washington, moderate rainfall was reported for the first time in weeks over the weekend. In the northern Puget Sound, grain crops were being harvested three weeks ahead of normal. Some potato fields showed plant stress from lack of water, even with irrigation. Corn looked pretty good. The corn responded to the rain and had great height. Some dairies had a good fourth cutting. Vegetable seed crop harvests were expected 4-5 weeks earlier than last year.

In central Washington, most counties experienced an eighth consecutive week without precipitation. Wildfires created poor air quality. Vegetables at roadside stands were at peak availability. Field crews started harvesting Bartlett pears and Gala apples. Hop processing facilities prepared for the coming harvest as well.

In east central and southeast Washington, the wheat harvest continued in hot and dry conditions. Some producers finished cutting their spring crop. Other crops being harvested were sweet corn, blueberries, peaches and nectarines and the first of early variety apples. No livestock issues were reported statewide.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
8% fair
59% good
31% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
4% poor
18% fair
66% good
12% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
12% fair
75% good
11% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
22% fair
69% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
35% this week
16% last week
39% last year
48% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
70% this week
49% last week
71% last year
77% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
40% this week
15% last week
38% last year
45% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
31% this week
7% last week
23% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
68% this week
62% last week
65% last year
69% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
68% this week
61% last week
43% last year
42% 5-year average