Crop progress report 07/18: Washington Temps remained above normal, winter wheat harvest picked up


There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 18, were above normal.

In San Juan County, high temperatures remained throughout the area. Water was needed for crops and livestock. In Snohomish County, blueberry harvest continued, but some were damaged due to severe heat levels. Some pastures went dormant due to lack of precipitation.

In Okanogan County, winter wheat harvest began. Many producers hauled water to livestock. In Yakima County, hot and dry weather continued throughout the area. Nearly 12,000 acres of scrubland was destroyed from wildfires. Early harvest began for peach and Bartlett pear orchards. Hop vines reached the top of the trellis. In Whitman County, temperatures remained higher than normal. Winter wheat harvest began on the western side of the county.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
14% very poor
36% poor
40% fair
10% good
0% excellent

Spring wheat:
45% very poor
43% poor
12% fair
0% good
0% excellent

25% very poor
38% poor
37% fair
0% good
0% excellent

9% very poor
24% poor
14% fair
53% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
12% very poor
42% poor
25% fair
21% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
30% this week
10% last week
5% last year
9% 5-year average

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

Barley harvested:
3% this week
NA last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
95% this week
82% last week
72% last year
75% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
2% this week
NA last week
0% last year
3% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
13% this week
2% last week
12% last year
14% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
79% this week
57% last week
65% last year
76% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
2% this week
NA last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average