Crop progress report 07/04: Hot temps continued throughout Washington


There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 4 were above normal.

In San Juan County, dry conditions and a historic heat wave sparked the area. Soil moisture continued to decline. All crop conditions in nonirrigated areas suffered. Crops on limited irrigation were kept viable through extra irrigation schedules. Berry crops began to ripen, and tree fruit sized up.

In Chelan County, crop and pasture conditions deteriorated at an accelerated rate. Wildfires broke out and grew quickly due to extreme drought conditions.

In Yakima County, 115-degree temperatures struck the area. Some wheat was damaged, but the severity was unknown. Field crews harvested sweet cherries, apricots, raspberries and blueberries. Majority of orchard and field crops showed signs of heat stress.

In Adams County, potatoes were losing quality because of the extreme change in temperature. Haying entered second cutting and was nearly complete. In Whitman County, pastures worsened every day with no rain.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
10% very poor
26% poor
44% fair
20% good
0% excellent

Spring wheat:
31% very poor
37% poor
24% fair
8% good
0% excellent

22% very poor
38% poor
39% fair
1% good
0% excellent

10% very poor
13% poor
15% fair
62% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
9% very poor
42% poor
27% fair
22% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
98% this week
88% last week
82% last year
87% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
0% this week
NA last week
1% last year
1% 5-year average

Barley headed:
96% this week
91% last week
88% last year
82% 5-year average

Oats headed:
77% this week
71% last week
59% last year
47% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
30% this week
13% last week
9% last year
45% 5-year average