Crop progress report 08/08: Harvest continued in Washington


There were 6.9 days suitable for field work, up from 6.7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Aug. 8 were above normal.

In Jefferson County, the weather remained very dry. Crops showed stress, and growth slowed down. Crops were ahead in maturity compared to a normal year. In Whatcom County, producers struggled to keep up with irrigation required for grass and corn. Raspberry harvest concluded with damages from hot and dry conditions. In San Juan County, drought conditions remained. Ponds used for irrigation dropped as water was pumped for irrigation on farms.

In Chelan County, winter wheat harvest progressed quickly and was coming to an end. Livestock producers struggled to find pasture and hay to feed their herds. Lightning storms throughout the week caused several fires. In Yakima County, hot and dry weather continued throughout the area. Peach and plum harvest began. Bartlett pears sized up, and apple producers looked at a large crop. Hop cones formed, and harvest was near.

In Douglas County, conditions were extremely dry. A little precipitation was received, but it had no positive impact on crops throughout the area.

Washington crop condition

Spring wheat:
46% very poor
47% poor
7% fair
0% good
0% excellent

28% very poor
38% poor
34% fair
0% good
0% excellent

8% very poor
22% poor
16% fair
54% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
84% this week
74% last week
52% last year
55% 5-year average

Spring wheat harvested:
57% this week
40% last week
16% last year
22% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
62% this week
38% last week
22% last year
23% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
54% this week
33% last week
15% last year
21% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
59 this week
54% last week
38% last year
59% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
36% this week
16% last week
33%last year
49% 5-year average