Crop progress report 09/11: Hot, dry, smoky conditions present throughout Washington


There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal throughout Washington.

In Western Washington, conditions remained extremely dry. Harvest continued for late variety blueberries and apples. Seed crops were prepared for harvest. In central Washington, morning dews began. Apple and pear harvests were running a couple of weeks late.

Douglas County reported rain on Sunday with soil crusting concerns for newly planted winter wheat fields. In Klickitat County, another dry and hot week was present. Wheat harvest was wrapping up across the county. Cows were still on mountain pastures. In Yakima County, apple harvest ramped up with field crews picking Gala apples and other early maturing varieties. Vegetable harvest was also in full swing, with various tomatoes, peppers, melons and squashes present in farmers markets. Mechanical harvest of the hop bines continued. Over the past week, the smoke became increasingly noticeable as the air quality deteriorated.

In northeast Washington, conditions were dry and smoky throughout the area. 

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
92% this week
77% last week
98% last year
90% 5-year average

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

Winter wheat planted:
26% this week
7% last week
51% last year
34% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
88% this week
76% last week
99% last year
88% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
83% this week
71% last week
89% last year
88% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
69% this week
60% last week
85% last year
86% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
0% this week
0% last week
29% last year
33% 5-year average