Crop progress report 0818: Warm, dry conditions reported across most of Washington


There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week.

Western Washington reported above average temperatures. Conditions became drier with ponds continuing to drop. Only small irrigated operations were doing well. So far, there were no concerns regarding crop damage or cattle losses due to weather conditions. Yakima County reported field crews were harvesting peaches, nectarines and blueberries. Early varieties of apples started to come in. Vegetable stands at farmer’s markets were loaded with sweet corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and summer squash.

Lincoln County reported lots of rain throughout the county and hail causing damage to crops. The heavy precipitation slowed harvest but improved winter wheat seeding conditions. Overall winter wheat harvest was wrapping up across the majority of the county. and farmers were starting to focus on spring grain harvest and winter wheat seeding in the following weeks. Adams County reported favorable conditions, and harvest was wrapping up. Growers shifted their focus to winter wheat seeding.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
-% very poor
-% poor
-% fair
-% good
-% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
33% fair
56% good
8% excellent

1% very poor
1% poor
28% fair
65% good
5% excellent

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

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
25% this week
18% last week
44% last year
64% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
69% this week
56% last week
82% last year
87% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
27% this week
21% last week
61% last year
65% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
28% this week
19% last week
46% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
73% this week
69% last week
75% last year
78% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
79% this week
78% last week
70% last year
62 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
21% this week
1% last week
1% last year
6% 5-year average