Crop progress report 0915: Precipitation slowed harvest in western Washington


There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week.

A lot of precipitation was received in western Washington which helped replenish soil moisture, but slowed harvest. In San Juan County, livestock continued to graze in any field that had regrowth. In Chelan and Douglas counties apple harvest for early varieties began, cherry harvest was complete, and pear harvest was underway. In Yakima County, hop and apple harvest continued. There were no concerns of crop damage or cattle losses due to weather conditions.

Lots of precipitation slowed harvest in Lincoln County. In Adams County, the weather was adequate for fieldwork, and winter wheat seeding was almost complete. 

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
87% this week
74% last week
95% last year
98% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
30% this week
17% last week
44% last year
42% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
70% this week
66% last week
94% last year
97% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
80% this week
72% last week
92% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
84% this week
80% last week
92% last year
98% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
90% this week
85% last week
93% last year
97% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
41% this week
32% last week
51% last year
51% 5-year average