Crop progress report 0821: Grain harvest continued in Washington


There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 25 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 41 degrees F was reported in the southeast region, while a high temperature of 102 degrees F was also reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 2 degrees below to 10 degrees above normal.

In western Washington, livestock producers were feeding hay usually reserved for winter months. Grain and seed crop harvest wrapped up. Corn and potatoes continued to develop. In general, most vegetable farmers irrigated more frequently than normal.

In central Washington, Klickitat County was inundated with smoke from regional wildfires. Temperatures and humidity remained average in smoke dense enough to limit incoming solar radiation. It was unknown how the heavy smoke would affect crop progress and conditions. The smoke did limit days suitable for fieldwork. In Yakima County, the Bartlett pear and Gala apple harvests continued. Vegetable harvest of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and summer squashes also continued.

The smoke also limited harvest field work for crop producers in east central and southeast Washington. As the wheat harvest started to wrap up in both regions, some ground was prepped for fall seeding.

Washington crop conditions:

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
4% poor
18% fair
64% good
14% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
13% fair
75% good
10% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
19% fair
72% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
46% this week
35% last week
59% last year
66% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
84% this week
70% last week
87% last year
89% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
65% this week
40% last week
52% last year
63% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
48% this week
31% last week
29% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
76% this week
68% last week
76% last year
78% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
70% this week
68% last week
57% last year
58% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
1% this week
0% last week
9% last year
6% 5-year average