Crop progress report 09/12: Much needed rainfall received throughout Washington


There were 6.7 days suitable for field work, down from 7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week were above normal.

In San Juan County, irrigated locations did not need as much water due to cooler, shorter days. Harvest happened on CSA farms. Apples, pears and plums ripened. Livestock were fed stored feed.

Yakima County received much needed rainfall throughout the area. Rainfall helped with fire containment. Harvest bins were distributed in winter pear orchards.

In Lincoln County, rainfall helped improve topsoil moisture conditions. Winter wheat seeding continued at a slow pace. In Whitman County, a little rainfall was received, but it remained dry throughout the area.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
53% this week
36% last week
42% last year
32% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
89% this week
86% last week
86% last year
91% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
86% this week
80% last week
84% last year
90% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
30% this week
25% last week
23% last year
43% 5-year average