Crop progress report 09/04: Harvest continues with hot, dry conditions throughout Washington


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

In central Washington, it was another hot and dry week throughout the area. Harvest was wrapping up, and cattle were still on pasture. In Yakima County, vegetable growers packed tomatoes and peppers. Potatoes, onions, cucumbers, sweet corn, summer and winter squashes, eggplant, green beans, and various melons were visible at roadside stands. Field crews harvested early maturing apples, particularly Gala apples, as well as Bartlett pears. Most hop bines were loaded with cones, and hop harvest started over the past week.

In northeast Washington, conditions were hot and dry across the district.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
77% this week
61% last week
96% last year
83% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
93% this week
85% last week
98% last year
96% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
7% this week
NA last week
33% last year
20% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
76% this week
59% last week
96% last year
83% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
71% this week
62% last week
84% last year
85% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
60% this week
39% last week
79% last year
81% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
0% this week
NA last week
24% last year
24% 5-year average

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