Crop progress report 07/31: Triple digit temperatures in Washington


There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were high.

In western Washington, the hot weather helped corn silage progress. Some areas of south Snohomish and north King counties experienced field conditions that remained too wet to complete any fieldwork. In Whatcom County, the excessive heat caused raspberry shrinkage. Nonirrigated crops also showed heat stress.

In central Washington, the weather continued to be hot and dry. In Okanogan County, several cherry producers experienced heat-related mildew on the late-season cherries. There were reports of sunburn on apples.

In Klickitat and Yakima counties, the daytime temperatures remained in the triple digits throughout the week. No precipitation was received for the third consecutive week. Winter wheat harvest started, and field crews also began to harvest the early peach and nectarine varieties. Green beans, summer squashes, winter squashes, sweet corn, eggplant, cucumber, melons, peppers, tomatoes and early potatoes were available at farmer’s markets. Most hops were in the midst of flowering.

In northeast Washington, temperatures remained above 100, and the weather was dry. In east central Washington, conditions were hot, but the weather prepared crops for harvest. Harvest began for both winter wheat and winter canola.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
21% fair
57% good
19% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
3% fair
83% good
14% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
4% fair
86% good
10% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
8% fair
77% good
15% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
1% this week
0% last week
36% last year
13% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
10% this week
5% last week
71% last year
39% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
2% this week
1% last week
35% last year
12% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
23% this week
14% last week
49% last year
44% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
71% this week
42% last week
100% last year
93% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
8% this week
3% last week
15% last year
28% 5-year average