Hot weather in Idaho meant dry conditions and nearly seven perfect days for field work the week ending Aug. 21, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Northwest Regional Field Office in Olympia, Wash.
Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 58 percent good and 8 percent excellent.
A low temperature was reported at 37 degrees in the south-central region. A high temperature of 95 degrees was reported in the northern region. The state continued to dry out, as no areas reported surplus soil moisture and the majority reported short supply or worse.
Hot and very dry weather in the north meant harvested crops were of lower quality than expected.
In the southwest, growers worked on the third cutting of hay.
The south-central region was wrapping up the cereal grain harvests. There were some issues with verticillium wilt in Bonneville County.
The southeast was also hot and dry, which allowed farmers to get a good start on harvest. The second cutting of alfalfa hay was almost done in Caribou County.
Idaho’s winter wheat was 91 percent harvest, well ahead of last year’s 75 percent. The crop condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 40 percent good and 19 percent excellent.
Spring wheat harvest was at the halfway mark, a little behind last year’s 60 percent but about where the five-year average is. The crop was 5 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 40 percent good and 16 percent excellent.
Barley harvest was 63 percent completed, exactly where it was last year. The condition of the crop was 5 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 54 percent good and 28 percent excellent.
Oat harvest was at the halfway mark and the condition of that crop was 13 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 48 percent good and 25 percent excellent.
Potato harvest was at just 3 percent although some producers were reporting potato vines dying. The condition of the potato crop was 7 percent fair, 54 percent good and 39 percent excellent.
Field corn was nearly completely silked, 69 percent doughed and 2 percent dented. The corn was 3 percent fair, 50 percent good and 47 percent excellent.
Dry edible beans at 12 percent harvested were ahead of last year’s 2 percent. The condition of that crop was 11 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 23 percent good and 22 percent excellent.
Dry pea harvest was halfway finished, about on par with the five-year average. The crop was 26 percent poor, 67 percent fair and 7 percent good.
Onion harvest was just getting underway. The condition of Idaho’s onions was overwhelmingly good, at 92 percent.
Second cuttings of alfalfa hay were nearly complete and third cuttings were nearing 60 percent.