Crop progress report 06/16: Apricot Harvest Began in Washington 

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.6 days the previous week.

Western Washington saw precipitation and cooler temperatures throughout the week.

Central Washington did not receive rain last week. Numerous brush fires ignited on nonirrigated scrublands. Residential evacuations were necessary, but no crops were threatened. In Yakima County, harvest bins were distributed in sweet cherry orchards with early maturing fruit varieties. Apricot harvest started. More vegetable beds were prepared with plastic and drip irrigation, with most planted using transplants. Early-planted field corn was knee high. Hop bines were roughly one third to two thirds of the way up the trellises.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties started baling their first cutting of hay. Cattle on pasture were doing well. Winter wheat looked good and began to head in some areas. In east central Washington, a hail storm passed through parts of Lincoln County on June 9. This storm contained pea- to quarter-sized hail, which caused damage to some crops.

Southeast Washington received little precipitation last week and had cooler temperatures.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
10% very poor
15% poor
26% fair
44% good
5% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
13% poor
33% fair
39% good
13% excellent

1% very poor
9% poor
32% fair
49% good
9% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
7% poor
15% fair
67% good
11% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat headed:
90% this week
80% last week
87% last year
85% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
31% this week
25% last week
34% last year
26% 5-year average

Barley headed:
31% this week
20% last week
25% last year
32% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
72% this week
63% last week
75% last year
78% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
2% this week
0% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average