Crop progress report 08/02: Hot, dry weather continued in Washington


There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, the same number as reported the previous week.

Some deterioration in pasture and range conditions was reported statewide. It was a good year for berries in the western part of the state. Cane berry harvest continued. Late Marionberries and raspberries started to slow down. Blueberries started to come on. Tree fruit continued to size up. Forage for grazing started to deteriorate due to lack of moisture. Barley plantings looked good, and most were close to harvest. Farmers markets and U-pick experienced high volumes of pickers and buyers. Most U-pick operations picked out within 2-3 hours for the day. Hay producers finished their second cutting of alfalfa. Third cutting was coming along nicely.

Upland pasture in Okanogan and Ferry counties started to dry out in a typical manner for elevated forested environments. Daytime high temperatures remained in the upper 90 to lower 100s all week in Yakima County. Weekend highs dropped to the mid-90s. Blueberries, peaches, nectarines and melons were harvested. Cherry harvest was nearly complete. Numerous vegetable crops were harvested and marketed, including tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, and summer squashes. Sweet corn harvest picked up. Growers were cutting ground cover and placing bins out in Bartlett pear orchards.

The grain harvest continued in very hot and dry conditions in southeastern Washington.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
22% fair
50% good
26% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
6% poor
12% fair
63% good
19% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
6% fair
66% good
22% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
5% fair
72% good
22% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
11% fair
57% good
32% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
9% this week
7% last week
8% last year
21% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
33% this week
19% last week
30% last year
48% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
12% this week
10% last week
7% last year
16% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
11% this week
2% last week
7% last year
14% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested
28% this week
20% last week
53% last year
58% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
91% this week
82% last week
97% last year
91% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
20% this week
3% last week
40% last year
38% 5-year average