Crop progress report 0716: Washington was parched


There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 49 percent good and 3 percent excellent. A low temperature of 42 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 107 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged between 2 to 11 degrees above normal.

All areas of the state reported hot and dry conditions: good for some crops, but bad for soil moisture. Chimacum was three weeks late in planting. Carrots and beets were direct seeded with potatoes planted the previous week. Hot weather in Whatcom County ripened raspberries quickly. San Juan County reported vegetable production was in full swing, tree fruits continued to size up, and cane berries were harvested.

Wildfires cropped up in Chelan and Douglas counties. Some agricultural land was affected. A hail storm in southern Douglas County caused some wheat harvest loss. Soft fruits were harvested. Klickitat County also had small fires, but were typically contained within 24 hours. Winter wheat harvest started on the eastern edge of the county. The hot, dry conditions were ideal for curing hay, but dried out range pastures rapidly.

Yakima County completed peak cherry harvest. Some late maturing varieties at higher altitudes were still bearing. Field crews started harvesting early maturing peaches. Blueberry harvest ramped up. Raspberry and apricot harvest slowed. Hop yards were in bloom or post bloom stage. Summer squashes, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn, green beans, and onions were harvested.

Grains in Pend Oreille and Spokane counties continued to take longer to mature. On the other hand, dry peas and dry beans were in phenomenal condition. Winter wheat harvest started in the south end of Franklin County while the last of the cherries were harvested. The Odessa area in Lincoln County began wheat harvest, along with Adams, Asotin, Garfield, Columbia and Walla Walla counties.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
15% fair
70% good
13% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
20% fair
69% good
9% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
15% fair
72% good
12% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
38% fair
57% good
3% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
14% fair
76% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
8% this week
1% last week
7% last year
9% 5-year average

Barley headed:
95% this week
90% last week
89% last year
96% 5-year average

Oats headed:
82% this week
63% last week
52% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
21% this week
6% last week
1% last year
12% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
82% this week
72% last week
65% last year
63% 5-year average