Crop progress report 0901: Dry week for Washington producers


There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.4 days suitable the previous week.

Western Washington had a dry week; prime growing areas had a deficit of eight to 12 inches of rainfall. Soil moisture and drought conditions intensified with only a trace of precipitation for the past week. Shallow-rooted crops and pasture conditions deteriorated. Livestock producers started to feed forage that has been typically saved for winter. Row crop harvest was under way.

The Sound also had dry conditions with warm days. San Juan County had a couple of teasing low-pressure systems that wet the ground only to be evaporated off. Early apples ripened and were harvested. Blueberry harvest wrapped up. Late-planted field corn in Snohomish County started to tassel. Late blight was reported throughout the county on tomatoes. Kittitas and Yakima counties were warmer than usual and received little to no precipitation. The monthly accumulation of precipitation for August was a mere trace. Peaches and nectarines were still being harvested. Gala apple harvest throughout lower Yakima Valley started. Bartlett pears were coming into packinghouses. Hop cone harvest started this week. Vegetable stands and farmers’ markets were loaded with sweet corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and squashes.

Early-planted winter wheat in Douglas County already sprouted. Harvest on the Palouse neared completion, and producers started to prepare for seeding.

Washington crop conditions:

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
38% fair
50% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
61% this week
47% last week
86% last year
90% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
91% this week
84% last week
97% last year
99% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
11% this week
NA last week
11% last year
8% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
59% this week
48% last week
88% last year
90% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
56% this week
45% last week
58% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
78% this week
76% last week
87% last year
92% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
83% this week
81% last week
85% last year
6822 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
30% this week
29% last week
26% last year
26% 5-year average