Crop progress report 06/27: Historic high temps reported throughout Washington


There were 7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending June 27 were above normal.

In San Juan County, most farms were successful at starting early harvests of haylage. Some vegetable crops suffered due to the heat wave, even with adequate irrigation. Caneberries began to size up and ripen. In Snohomish County, the recent heat took a toll on pasture regrowth, along with berry harvest. Vegetable crops with no irrigation suffered. In Chelan County, record setting temperatures imbibed moisture out of soils and vegetation. In Yakima County, field crews rushed to get sweet cherries, apricots and raspberries out of the heat. Growers sprayed kaolin clay on apples relying on overhead evaporative cooling to reduce the incidence of sun-burned fruit. Corn fields showed signs of heat stress. In Asotin County, severe drought conditions continued. In Adams County, early planted fields had some damage from the heat. Irrigation was needed and left some crops vulnerable.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
5% very poor
31% poor
46% fair
18% good
0% excellent

Spring wheat:
23% very poor
47% poor
23% fair
7% good
0% excellent

13% very poor
48% poor
39% fair
0% good
0% excellent

10% very poor
10% poor
15% fair
65% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
7% very poor
47% poor
25% fair
21% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
88% this week
54% last week
71% last year
76% 5-year average

Barley headed:
91% this week
65% last week
80% last year
72% 5-year average

Oats headed:
71% this week
45% last week
48% last year
25% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
98% this week
94% last week
93% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
13% this week
3% last week
6% last year
36% 5-year average