Crop progress report 07/05: Small grains, range grass did great in Washington


There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, unchanged from the previous week.

Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties reported most farmers were on the second cut for dry hay and haylage. The first grass growth was finished, but the undergrowth was coming in fine. Some vegetable farmers reported poor germination attributed to unstable weather. Hay and haylage growers finished the first cut and started the second cutting in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce and Thurston counties.

In Island, San Juan and Skagit counties, there were more days of rain than sunshine. Temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to lower 70s. San Juan County also reported some haylage completed but most farmers held off due to unpredictable weather. CSA and market growers reported both maturing and recently planted vegetables did great with recent rains. Livestock were on pasture, but maturing grasslands became overly ripe and lowered the quality for grazing. Berry crops were coming on. Tree fruit sized up. Okanogan and Ferry counties reported small grains and range grass did great with cool temperatures and sporadic moisture. Cherry harvest moved into the upper valley toward the later maturing varieties. June-bearing raspberry harvest slowed. Peach and nectarines sized up nicely. Green peas, onions, green beans and summer squash were coming on in Yakima County.

Adams County reported small grains crops, spring barley and pea seed crops were turning. They also sighted the first corn silking. Second cuttings of alfalfa were underway. In general, farming conditions were good.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
1% poor
16% fair
55% good
27% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
6% poor
8% fair
56% good
30% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
6% fair
61% good
27% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
5% fair
75% good
20% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
1% poor
8% fair
72% good
19% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
83% this week
73% last week
86% last year
91% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
1% this week
NA last week
NA last year
2% 5-year average

Barley headed:
89% this week
81% last week
74% last year
84% 5-year average

Oats headed:
61% this week
49% last week
43% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
97% this week
94% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
9% this week
7% last week
55% last year
53% 5-year average