Crop progress report 09/27: Rain received throughout Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 days the previous week.

In San Juan County, there were some nice field days until a major low-pressure system brought back much needed moisture. This reduced harvest time for many vegetable and fruit crops. Livestock were still on pasture, and most were supplemented with stored feed. Fall no-till planting was set back, but was anticipated to progress in the coming days with sunny weather.

In Yakima County, air quality and visibility returned to normal. Daytime highs started the week off in the upper 70s dropping throughout the week to the upper 60s on Saturday. The weather was overcast most of Wednesday with a light rain widespread through the county. The apple crop came in with harvest focused on midseason varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. Winter pears were harvested this week as well. Hop harvest continued and was about 75 percent complete. Field corn was mature and starting to dry in the field. Tomatoes, peppers and winter squash also came in.

In Lincoln County, much needed rain was received in the last few days. The county recent ly endured a 130,000-acre fire. In southeast Washington, crops were harvested and fall seeding commenced.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
99% this week
94% last week
92% last year
98% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
59% this week
49% last week
57% last year
62% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
32% this week
16% last week
11% last year
29% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
95% this week
89% last week
94% last year
98% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested
95% this week
91% last week
90% last year
98% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
93% this week
91% last week
95% last year
99% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
59% this week
43% last week
63% last year
73% 5-year average