Crop progress report 0917: Western Washington doused with rain, Eastern Washington still parched


There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 25 percent fair and 19 percent good. A low temperature of 34 degrees F was reported in the northeast and central regions, while a high temperature of 82 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 7 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal.

There was widespread rain this past week in western Washington. Rain delayed harvesting of some crops; corn silage harvest slowed down due to trucks getting stuck in the mud. Field preparation for fall planting occurred. Grass fields that were harvested had adequate moisture for planting cover or fall crops. Seed potato harvest began in Whatcom County. The rain was helpful in Pacific County to fill irrigation ponds, but water supply was still woefully low for the approaching cranberry harvest. Pears, apples and plums were harvested in San Juan County. Hardy kiwifruit were picked and sent to market. Livestock was on stockpiled feed.

The eastern side of the mountains remained drier. Kittitas and Yakima counties received little rain. Harvest reports were very positive in Pend Oreille and Spokane counties. Most crops were harvested in Columbia and Walla Walla counties other than potatoes and corn. Fall seeding started, even with very low moisture in the area.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
96% this week
90% last week
98% last year
99% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
47% this week
29% last week
39% last year
44% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
10% this week
N/A last week
9% last year
17% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
94% this week
91% last week
95% last year
99% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
93% this week
83% last week
92% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
93% this week
89% last week
99% last year
99% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
94% this week
90% last week
94% last year
94% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
52% this week
44% last week
60% last year
48% 5-year average