Crop progress report 0908: Scattered showers, autumn approaching in Washington


There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.7 days suitable the previous week.

Western Washington was mostly dry, but received a few scattered showers through the week. Hay was still being baled. Blueberry harvest wrapped up, and most pastures had stopped growing. Whatcom County received rain later in the week. Corn for silage harvest began, and seed potatoes had vines killed in preparation of harvest. Hay bales in San Juan County were moved to dry storage or congregated on field storage sites. Apples, pears and plums were in season and harvested. Drought conditions continued.

Kittitas and Yakima counties received no precipitation. Lincoln County had warm temperatures. Crops in Adams County remained about a week behind schedule. Dry bean harvest was underway, but the harvest period was stretching out. 

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
74% this week
61% last week
90% last year
95% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
95% this week
91% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
17% this week
11% last week
27% last year
22% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
66% this week
59% last week
91% last year
95% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
72% this week
56% last week
80% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
80% this week
78% last week
89% last year
96% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
85% this week
83% last week
89% last year
89% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
32% this week
30% last week
42% last year
37% 5-year average