Crop progress report 06/26: Warm, dry weather throughout Washington 


There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.4 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal.

In Skagit County, the warm weather allowed short-season corn to be planted. In Snohomish County, hay for silage was cut. There was enough heat present to get the cucurbits growing instead of shivering along with the rest of the warm season crops. In Yakima County, a light sweet cherry crop colored up while a light apricot crop sized up nicely. Asparagus harvest was near completion with most fields allowed to go to the fern stage. Field crews were in vegetable fields setting the last of the transplants through black plastic. Some hop vines still lagged in development. Second cutting of alfalfa fields was well underway.

In Douglas County, conditions were warm and dry throughout the area. Wheat looked good and was in good shape with adequate ground moisture and warm temperatures. Most wheat fields were headed out. Native grasses remained green in many areas. In Chelan County, cherries were delayed and faced some head winds from spring frost, but still looked to set a good crop. Apples were in good shape as well.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
23% fair
59% good
14% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
4% fair
82% good
11% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
10% fair
81% good
8% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
8% fair
85% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
36% this week
15% last week
83% last year
74% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
87% this week
67% last week
100% last year
99% 5-year average

Barley headed:
45% this week
21% last week
87% last year
70% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
81% this week
59% last week
97% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
5% this week
NA last week
12% last year
26% 5-year average