Crop progress report 08/06: Sporadic Rain Reported, But Dry Conditions Remained Throughout Washington 

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

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

Western Washington reported dry conditions, with minimal rain not having a significant impact. Both corn and organic crops showed signs of stress.

Central Washington experienced another dry and hot week. The Newell Fire was contained, with the final burned acreage estimated as 61,000 total acres. Winter wheat harvest was in full swing. The second and third cutting of alfalfa hay was on irrigated ground as there was not enough precipitation to see any regrowth on nonirrigated acreage. Pasture ran very short, and the lack of spring moisture made for poor crop conditions. In Yakima County, daily temperatures were in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Sweet cherry harvest peaked, and the harvest of other stone fruit crops picked up. Harvest bins were moved into orchards of Bartlett pears and early apple varieties. Vegetable crop diversity peaked with cucumbers, summer squashes, peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, and melons in farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Hop cones formed and matured in most yards.

In east central Washington, thunderstorms were reported through the weekend.

Northeast Washington felt continued dry conditions. Pastures looked well grazed with little regrowth due to the lack of rain.

Southeast Washington experienced dry conditions as well. 

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
3% very poor
24% poor
41% fair
30% good
2% excellent

Spring wheat:
7% very poor
37% poor
29% fair
25% good
2% excellent

1% very poor
22% poor
37% fair
40% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
16% poor
40% fair
44% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
57% this week
36% last week
25% last year
49% 5-year average

Spring wheat harvested:
19% this week
12% last week
5% last year
20% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
20% this week
12% last week
13% last year
24% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
20% this week
10% last week
29% last year
49% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
91% this week
83% last week
80% last year
94% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
31% this week
20%NA last week
10% last year
37% 5-year average