Crop progress report 08/01: Extremely dry conditions on nonirrigated land in Washington


There were 6.7 days suitable for field work, down from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Aug. 1, were above normal.

In San Juan County, drought conditions remained. Most hay was done, but a lot was poor quality. Some fields of barley pulled through the drought and were harvested. Blueberry harvest had begun, and other cane berries were on the downward slope. Livestock was on stored feed.

In Chelan County, winter wheat harvest was coming to an end. Farmers began spring wheat and other grain harvest. In Okanogan County, cherry harvest transitioned right into apple harvest. Fires throughout the county continued to burn extremely dry fumes. In Yakima County, hot and dry weather continued throughout the area. Growers were waiting for Bartlett pears, peaches and plums to size up. Hop yards were filling in nicely.

In Douglas County, another hot and dry week allowed for winter wheat harvest to progress quickly. In Whitman County, harvest was in full swing earlier than normal due to drought conditions.

Washington crop condition

Spring wheat:
57% very poor
33% poor
10% fair
0% good
0% excellent

36% very poor
32% poor
30% fair
2% good
0% excellent

9% very poor
22% poor
18% fair
51% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
10% very poor
17% poor
50% fair
23% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
74% this week
50% last week
31% last year
35% 5-year average

Spring wheat harvested:
40% this week
12% last week
9% last year
10% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
38% this week
15% last week
12% last year
8% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
33% this week
10% last week
10% last year
11% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
54% this week
18% last week
27% last year
48% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
16% this week
9% last week
18%last year
34% 5-year average