Crop progress report 09/18:  Grain Harvest Nearly Completed Throughout Washington 


There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal throughout Washington.

In central Washington, grain harvest was nearly completed. In Chelan County, spotty showers were present, with heavy precipitation in some areas. Some acres of winter wheat were replanted due to soil crusting. Wheat that was planted one to two weeks ago looked good and benefited immensely from the storms. In Okanogan County, pear and apple harvests ran two to three weeks late. A storm brought heavy rain and possible hail in some locations, which destroyed some pear and apple crops. In Yakima County, pear harvest continued with Bartlett, D’Anjou and Bosc varieties harvested. Soft fruit harvest, including peaches, began to wrap up. Vegetable harvest peaked, and roadside stands displayed winter squashes and pumpkins. Hop harvest continued with about half of the crop out of the fields. Poor air quality dissipated.

In east central Washington, soil moisture was good with the cooler nighttime temperatures.

In southeast Washington, there was cooler fall weather with a few showers. Seeding was underway but was off to a late start due to the long, late harvest.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
98% this week
92% last week
100% last year
95% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
45% this week
26% last week
57% last year
48% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
5% this week
NA last week
14% last year
11% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
96% this week
88% last week
100% last year
92% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
90% this week
83% last week
91% last year
92% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
85% this week
69% last week
895% last year
92% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
15% this week
0% last week
34% last year
48% 5-year average