Crop progress report 09/10: Continued harvest in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

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

Western Washington conditions were dry, and farmers made good time on harvest.

Central Washington had consistent weather across the week, with daytime highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. In Yakima County, dry conditions persisted. Apple harvest continued with Gala, Honeycrisp, and some Red Delicious varieties. A few more Bartlett pears came in as growers started putting harvest bins in the winter pear orchards. Hop harvest continued to pick up. Sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, and summer and winter squashes were also harvested.

Northeast Washington neared the end of harvest for the area. Some canola was still harvested, and field preparation started for fall planting.

Southeast Washington experienced spotty thunderstorms with rain in some locations but felt continued drought conditions otherwise.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
95% this week
83% last week
90% last year
88% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
29% this week
9% last week
23% last year
33% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
4% this week
NA last week
0% last year
2% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
95% this week
82% last week
86% last year
87% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
85% this week
71% last week
81% last year
85% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
86% this week
82% NA last week
68% last year
82% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
36% this week
27% last week
0% last year
25% 5-year average