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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending Sept. 21, 2014

Very dry weather in Washington

Days suitable for fieldwork were 7.0. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 12% very poor, 20% poor, 40% fair, 24% good and 4% excellent. In western Washington, crops were looking average or better than average. However, there was inadequate water available for the early cranberry harvest. In eastern Washington, producers were planting winter wheat. The weather continued to be ideal for agricultural activity during the final week of summer. Canola continued to emerge despite dry conditions. Grape harvest was underway in most vineyards. Fruit fly populations surged and caused fruit losses. Home orchardists cleaned up windfalls to help reduce the impact of codling moth. Root crops were ready to dig in home gardens. Squash and pumpkin were harvested. A very large tomato crop continued to come in. Cattle and new calves continued to do well. Local herds returned to fall pasture. Ranchers were starting fall roundup.

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week

2013

5 Yr. Avg.

Winter wheat planted 57 43 57 60

 

Crop Condition

Crop

% Acreage

VP

P

F

G

EX

Winter Wheat  - - - - -
Spring Wheat - - - - -
Barley - - - - -
VP=Very Poor  P=Poor  F=Fair  G=Good  EX=Excellent
*Crop conditions are a measurement of the growing conditions 
and are not indicative of the quality of the crop produced.

 

Soil Moisture

Item

Very Short (%)

Short (%)

Adequate (%)

Surplus (%)

Topsoil moisture 19 36 44 1
Subsoil moisture 21 42 26 1

 

 

Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released Sept. 22, 2014

Washington State University USDA USDA/NASS- Washington Field Office
Cooperative Extension Service Farm Service Agency Christopher Mertz
Richard Koenig Judith Olson NW Regional Director
Dean/Director, WSU Extension State Executive Director