Crop progress report 08/07: Dry conditions in Washington


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

Western Washington experienced precipitation throughout the week. In Snohomish County, farmers started the fourth cutting of grass silage. Blueberries began to appear. In central Washington, weather conditions were very dry with no rain. In Okanogan County, grasshoppers made their presence known. Due to heat and wind, cherries experienced some damage. Apples were moving along well with the season. In Klickitat County, temperatures were cooler. The first cutting of hay was sitting in stacks and was in the process of getting moved. The second cutting was nearly complete, with some hay already baled.

The southeast region of the county started to wrap up wheat harvest. In northeast Washington, temperatures cooled down by midweek, and wind picked up. In east central Washington, there was no precipitation. In Adams County, harvest progressed quickly due to the hot, dry conditions. In Douglas County, wheat harvest was in full swing.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
21% fair
56% good
20% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
3% fair
85% good
12% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
11% fair
79% good
10% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
10% fair
75% good
15% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
6% this week
1% last week
55% last year
25% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
27% this week
10% last week
83% last year
57% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
15% this week
2% last week
59% last year
26% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
30% this week
23% last week
58% last year
55% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
81% this week
71% last week
100% last year
96% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
10% this week
8% last week
33% last year
43% 5-year average