Crop progress report 09/06: Hot, dry weather throughout Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.9 days the previous week.

In western Washington, it continued to stay dry. Irrigation continued where it was possible. Tree fruit began to ripen. CSA farms continued to haul in large harvests. Livestock were running low on pastures. Pastures started to suffer from lack of rain, so farms moved livestock to stock-piled feed.

Yakima County daytime temperatures worked their way from the low 90s to the upper 90s over the past week. The Evans Creek fire started last Monday, and due to dry conditions and high winds, it covered more than 75,000 acres of scrubland, hills, canyons and recreational areas in Yakima and Kittitas counties. Air quality and visibility was poor. The wind, smoke, ash and blowing sand did not slow down apple or hop harvest. Packinghouses were receiving Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apple varieties. Hop harvest began only a week ago, but facilities ran continuously. Some winter pear varieties, like Bosc and Comice, started to come in. Tomato and winter squash harvest picked up. Roadside vegetable stands were at peak selection.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
83% this week
62% last week
70% last year
88% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
95% this week
88% last week
94% last year
99% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
32% this week
16% last week
15% last year
17% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
89% this week
67% last week
64% last year
87% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
63% this week
58% last week
67% last year
83% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested
84% this week
69% last week
79% last year
91% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
80% this week
68% last week
84% last year
90% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
10% this week
5% last week
31% last year
37% 5-year average