Crop Progress 0408: Washington blossoms emerged and precipitation was plentiful


There were 4.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 38 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 70 degree F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 6 degrees below normal to 3 degrees above normal.

Reports from across the state showed mild temperatures and heavy rains this past week. Standing water in fields delayed some tasks, but no crop damage or cattle losses were reported. With the rain, signs of spring budded: peaches, apples, pears, cherries and plums bloomed in Yakima, Chelan and Douglas counties, and blueberries and raspberries budded in Whatcom County. Honey bee hives were distributed in apple blocks in Yakima County. Kittitas County reported that grass hay fields wintered well and grew the past few weeks. Alfalfa broke dormancy in Adams County. Pastures were green and livestock continued to feed. Small amounts of snow mold on winter wheat was reported in Douglas and Chelan counties. 

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
23% fair
60% good
15% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
27% this week
20% last week
10% last year
33% 5-year average

Barley planted:
6% this week
5% last week
3% last year
21% 5-year average

Oats planted:
5% this week
4% last week
1% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
12% this week
10% last week
3% last year
18% 5-year average