Crop progress report 0719: Warm, dry weather arrived in Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 the previous week.
Island, San Juan and Skagit counties reported that crops did well with the warm, dry weather last week. Most forage crops were still standing. Harvest was delayed due to the previous unpredictable weather. Haylage producers were busy. Livestock were still on pasture, but on many farms with well drained soils, pastures were drying up. Low lying areas with seasonably wet soils began to show growth. CSA vegetables and cane fruit production looked good as bountiful harvests moved into local food hubs and farmer’s markets. Irrigation water was adequate for most farms pulling from pond sources that filled over the winter.

In Yakima County, late maturing cherries trickled in. Blueberry, peach and nectarine harvest started. Snap peas, green beans, summer squash and sweet corn were found at roadside stands. Tomato flowers and some green tomatoes could be seen in the fields. Hops were flowering.

It was hot and dry in Pend Oreille and Spokane counties. Lincoln County had above average temperatures, and winter wheat harvest started in the very southwest corner of the county last week. Adams County reported that corn and dry beans benefitted from the warmer day and nighttime temperatures. Winter wheat harvest started on the western edge of the county. A few farms also started harvesting in Asotin and Garfield counties.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
18% fair
41% good
39% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
6% poor
9% fair
50% good
35% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
8% fair
49% good
37% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
4% fair
63% good
33% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
1% poor
11% fair
58% good
30% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
95% this week
89% last week
99% last year
99% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
5% this week
2% last week
7% last year
16% 5-year average

Oats headed:
73% this week
67% last week
76% last year
63% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested
13% this week
7% last week
11% last year
22% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
68% this week
46% last week
82% last year
76% 5-year average