Crop progress report 8/14: Hot, dry conditions continued throughout Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days the previous week.

Western Washington received little to no precipitation.

In south central Washington, weather conditions were hot and dry throughout the area. In Chelan County, soil moistures dropped heading into fall planting. In Klickitat County, winter grain harvest was in full swing. Second cutting of hay wrapped up, and third cutting was underway. In Yakima County, a lighter-than-normal peach and nectarine crop continued coming into packing houses. Summer pears, like D’Anjou, sized up nicely and approached harvest. The apple crop set was variable throughout the county. Some growers began to prop limbs to better hold a plentiful fruit crop. Light green colored hop cones were visible in contrast to darker green leaf canopy, and harvest was set to begin within the next couple weeks. Major wildfires in Yakima County were mostly contained with no crop loss reported.

In southeast Washington, scattered thunderstorms halted harvest for a day or two and caused some damage to crops.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
23% fair
56% good
17% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
3% fair
84% good
13% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
3% fair
87% good
10% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
11% fair
76% good
13% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
14% this week
6% last week
61% last year
39% 5-year average

Winter wheat harvested:
45% this week
27% last week
91% last year
74% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
24% this week
15% last week
66% last year
44% 5-year average

Dry edible peas harvested:
38% this week
30% last week
63% last year
66% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
90% this week
81% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
14% this week
10% last week
48% last year
57% 5-year average