Crop progress report 06/30: Windy weather in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.3 days the previous week.

Western Washington saw cooler temperatures and some rain during the week. Strawberry harvest was ending as the raspberry harvest was gearing up.

Central Washington had a lot of wind last week. The ground was drying out, with minimal subsoil moisture. In Yakima County, numerous brushfires were being fought throughout the nonirrigated areas of the county. Cherry harvest continued, while fruit thinning activities were noted in peaches and apples. Most hop bines were nearing the top of trellises. Mint fields and timothy hay were harvested over the past week.

East central Washington had warm and dry conditions, which helped crops throughout the week. Moisture was adequate, but the spring crops could use more. In southeast Washington, it was mostly dry.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
8% very poor
14% poor
30% fair
45% good
3% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
8% poor
35% fair
43% good
12% excellent

Barley:
2% very poor
6% poor
39% fair
48% good
5% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
6% poor
9% fair
77% good
8% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
71% this week
46% last week
83% last year
76% 5-year average

Barley headed:
72% this week
44% last week
79% last year
77% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
1% this week
NA last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
95% this week
78% last week
93% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
25% this week
4% last week
21% last year
22% 5-year average

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