Crop progress report 09/03: Precipitation reported across Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.9 days reported the previous week.

It remained dry in western Washington. Nonirrigated grass forage production was down in this region, along with corn and grains. Pumpkins appeared to be maturing too early for agritourism. The quality of berries, flowers, and fresh market vegetables was good. Vegetable seed crop yields varied.

Central Washington finally had a meaningful rain. In Yakima County, tree fruit harvest continued with Bartlett pears and early maturing apple varieties like Gala and Honeycrisp. Vegetable crews were harvesting peppers, tomatoes, and squashes over the weekend. Hop harvest started in earnest.

Northeast Washington received quite a bit of precipitation, which halted fieldwork in some areas.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat harvested:
96% this week
94% last week
92% last year
94% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
9% this week
7% last week
7% last year
18% 5-year average

Spring wheat harvested:
83% this week
78% last week
75% last year
79% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
82% this week
79% last week
74% last year
80% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
71% this week
60% last week
70% last year
79% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
82% this week
78% NA last week
57% last year
76% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
27% this week
25% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average