Crop progress report 08/16: Another good week for grain harvest reported in Washington


There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.8 reported the previous week.

A cooler weather pattern gave way to much warmer temperatures late in the week. Several state records for high temperature were set on Sunday in the western portions of the state. The swing back to hot and dry weather had crop producers irrigating most crops that required moisture. More hay came off the fields. Almost everyone had irrigation guns going on corn. Snohomish Valley started harvesting grain. Some crops continued to display the effects of the excess moisture in May and June. Well-drained soils appeared to do much better. Upper elevation pastures continued to dry out in Okanogan County. Springs ran low, and ponds dried up. High temperatures together with dry scrublands led to a couple brushfires in Yakima County, jeopardizing air quality in the city of Yakima. Peaches, nectarines and plums were harvested. Vegetable stands were at full capacity with locally grown melons, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers and summer squashes. Growers prepared to harvest Bartlett pear orchards. Field crews harvested Gala apples.

In east central Washington, warm temperatures prevailed throughout the week, escalating at the end of it. Sweet corn was harvested all week. Weather was good for hay and forage crops. Yields on early winter and early spring planted crops looked good. Corn looked average and beans slightly below average.

In southeast Washington, wheat yields appeared to be average to above average in the dryland areas.

Washington crop conditions:

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
7% poor
9% fair
56% good
28% excellent

0% very poor
7% poor
6% fair
65% good
22% excellent

0% very poor
3% poor
4% fair
75% good
18% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
36% this week
17% last week
23% last year
51% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
73% this week
55% last week
65% last year
80% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
46% this week
24% last week
25% last year
53% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
41% this week
16% last week
1625 last year
46% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested
61% this week
40% last week
72% last year
76% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
48% this week
35% last week
79% last year
68% 5-year average