Crop progress report 09/05: Dry conditions remained with cooler temps throughout Washington


There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Sept. 5 were below normal.

In San Juan County, there was no change in livestock management. Irrigated orchards showed ripened fruit. Pastures turned from green to a brown crisp due to no rainfall. In Yakima County, there was another week of pleasant temperatures. Shifting winds hindered containment of the Schneider Springs fire that enveloped 86,000 acres of forestland. Early to mid-season varieties of apples were harvested. Hop harvest was running at full force. In Whitman County, harvest of legumes was not complete yet. Grain harvest was complete, and conditions remained dry throughout the area.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
36% this week
18% last week
30% last year
18% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
95% this week
93% last week
62% last year
74% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
86% this week
73% last week
82% last year
87% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
80% this week
76% last week
78% last year
85% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
25% this week
21% last week
9% last year
32% 5-year average