OLYMPIA, Wash. — There were 6.9 days suitable for field work, up from 6.7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending August 8, were above normal. In Jefferson County, the weather remained very dry. Crops showed stress and growth slowed down. Crops were ahead in maturity compared to a normal year. In Whatcom County, producers struggled to keep up with irrigation required for grass and corn. Raspberry harvest concluded with damages from hot and dry conditions. In San Juan County, drought conditions remained. Ponds used for irrigation dropped as water was pumped for irrigation on farms. In Chelan County, winter wheat harvest progressed quickly and was coming to an end. Livestock producers struggled to find pasture and hay to feed their herds. Lightning storms throughout the week caused several fires. In Yakima County, hot and dry weather continued throughout the area. Peach and plum harvest began. Bartlett pears sized up and apple producers looked at a large crop. Hop cones formed and harvest was near. In Douglas County, conditions were extremely dry. A little precipitation was received, but it had no positive impact on crops throughout the area.
— USDA NASS