Crop Progress 04/02: Washington remained cool while planting progressed


There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 4 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 50 percent fair, 29 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 22 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 69 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 4 degrees below normal to 4 degrees above normal.

In the west, reports revealed wet and cold conditions with decent amounts of rain throughout the region. Many fields remained wet, which slowed or prevented field work. Some pastures remained flooded with some farmers keeping their livestock on supplemental feed.

In the central region, weather conditions were also relatively cold. Unlike the west though, conditions were dry, which allowed for plenty of field work. Some producers managed to start spring planting, while others prepared their fields for planting. Temperatures at night dropped below freezing. Livestock operations were doing well, with the spring calving season reporting average to high levels of survival among new calves. Peach and cherry orchards began to bloom, while apricots finished blooming. Vegetable growers tilled or planted their fields this week.

In the eastern region, temperatures remained chilly as well. Much of the snow cover melted, revealing the winter wheat. Some producers reported a bit of flooding, while others reported muddy fields. Winter wheat appeared alright overall with only a few parts reporting damage or shorter crops. Most of the week allowed field work. Orchard and vineyards were pruned. Spring planting was underway, while some areas reported plantings had finished. Others began to spray their fields. Wind speeds were higher than normal, which led to some challenges for field workers. Overall, the state was relatively cold with most operations looking forward to warmer weather.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
20% fair
63% good
14% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
20% this week
9% last week
4% last year
16% 5-year average

Barley planted:
5% this week
1% last week
0% last year
10% 5-year average

Oats planted:
4% this week
0% last week
0% last year
0% 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
10% this week
2% last week
2% last year
0% 5-year average