Crop progress report 07/25: Dry conditions, winter wheat harvest continued in Washington


There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 25, were above normal.

In Whatcom County, drought conditions remained. All crops needed irrigation. Raspberry harvest ended, and blueberry harvest began. In San Juan County, many farms had livestock on stockpiled feed. Many grazing pastures were completely brown. Tree fruit continued to size up, and strawberries were doing well. In Snohomish County, grass was cut for baleage, silage and hay. Planting for fall harvest continued throughout the area.

In Okanogan County, high heat damaged cherries, apples and pears. In Yakima County, hot and dry weather continued throughout the area. Farmer markets were bursting at the seams with tomatoes, sweet corn, summer squashes, peppers, onions and eggplants. Hops were flowering. Orchards were moving along with bin distribution for peaches. In Douglas County, another hot and dry week sped up winter wheat harvest.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
19% very poor
44% poor
30% fair
7% good
0% excellent

Spring wheat:
50% very poor
38% poor
12% fair
0% good
0% excellent

29% very poor
32% poor
39% fair
0% good
0% excellent

9% very poor
20% poor
16% fair
55% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
7% very poor
34% poor
33% fair
26% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
50% this week
30% last week
17% last year
20% 5-year average

Spring wheat harvested:
12% this week
2% last week
6% last year
3% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
15% this week
3% last week
9% last year
3% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
10% this week
2% last week
02% last year
6% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
18% this week
13% last week
19% last year
32% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
97% this week
79% last week
80% last year
85% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
9% this week
2% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average