Crop progress report 09/17: A bit of rain received with more to follow for Washington


There were 6.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 39 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 8 percent good. A low temperature of 30 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 97 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 4 degrees below normal to 6 degrees above normal.

In the western region, a little bit of rain was received. However, most of the region needed more, with nonirrigated crops stressed due to a lack of water. Days were cooler, with some pastures showing signs of improvement with the rain. However, more rain was needed to improve pastures overall. Fruits were ripening, with apple, pear, kiwi, and plum harvests fully underway. Some barley fields were still maturing alongside others being harvested. Pumpkin growth was good and harvest was underway. Tomato and pepper harvests continued.

In the central region, there was very little rain with traces of smoke in some areas. Air quality overall improved while some fires continued to burn. Hop harvest had begun to fill warehouses. Meanwhile, apple harvest was going well, with many varieties being harvested at the same time. Pepper, potato, dry bean, sweet corn, onion, tomato, squash and melon harvests continued. Fourth cutting of alfalfa was underway, while winter seeding for 2018 was wrapping up in some parts.

In the eastern region, it remained relatively dry. There was some rain toward the end of the week although would be needed to help alleviate dry conditions. Everything had been harvested except for potatoes and corn, both of which were beginning soon in some areas. Others began seeding or prepared to do so. Overall, the state received a little bit of rain towards the end of the week, with many needing more.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
99% this week
93% last week
99% last year
99% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
43% this week
16% last week
42% last year
50% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
96% this week
89% last week
100% last year
99% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
92% this week
89% last week
98% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
96% this week
82% last week
100% last year
94% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
66% this week
27% last week
78% last year
43% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 5th cutting:
12% this week
2% last week
29% last year
NA 5-year average