Crop progress report 07/26: Warm, dry weather prevailed in Washington


There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.8 the previous week.

San Juan County reported the usual seasonal swing into their dry summer. A lot of hay was cut. Livestock were still on pastures, but many with drier soil types expressed that quality was low as plants dried out and stopped growing. CSA farms did well, especially those with irrigation. Berry crops were harvested. Tree fruit continued sizing.

Benton County was over 100 degrees F for 10 days. Yakima County also reached triple digit temperatures. There were reports of small brush fires. Late-maturing cherry varieties were harvested. Blueberries, peaches, nectarines, as well as numerous vegetable crops and melons were also harvested. Hop yards saw green cones in early maturing varieties. Crops looked great in both Columbia and Walla Walla counties.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
17% fair
48% good
31% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
7% poor
11% fair
54% good
27% excellent

1% very poor
7% poor
6% fair
64% good
22% excellent

1% very poor
1% poor
2% fair
75% good
22% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
9% fair
52% good
39% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
7% this week
NA last week
1% last year
8% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
19% this week
5% last week
16% last year
31% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
10% this week
NA last week
1% last year
5% 5-year average

Oats headed:
95% this week
73% last week
86% last year
73% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
2% this week
0% last week
0% last year
6% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested
20% this week
13% last week
36% last year
43% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
82% this week
68% last week
92% last year
83% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
3% this week
NA last week
20% last year
21% 5-year average