Crop progress 1006: Washington producers concerned with wet, cold conditions


There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.1 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington continued to be wet. Harvest was bogged down by saturated field conditions. Many producers were concerned about unharvested crops still in fields. No hay was cut due to weather. Tree fruit crops were harvested along with late-fall vegetables in San Juan County. Yakima County had freezing nights last week. Most vegetable crops were wrapped up, while apple harvest continued. Hops, corn for silage, and alfalfa hay were also harvested. Northeastern Washington received snow and rain. Lentils and garbanzos were harvested alongside spring wheat. Some fields in the Waterville Plateau were not harvested due to sprouting. There were two nights of freezing temperatures in Asotin and Garfield counties with snow fall reported at higher elevations. Crops were waiting to dry in Whitman County.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
95% this week
93% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
67% this week
61% last week
74% last year
74% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
30% this week
13% last week
39% last year
52% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
90% this week
88% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
95% this week
91% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
72% this week
67% last week
66% last year
78% 5-year average