Crop Progress 5/14: Rain delayed spring crop planting


There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at, 2 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 62 percent good and 18 percent excellent. A low temperature of 28 degrees F was reported in northeast region, while a high temperature of 85 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 5 degrees below normal to 3 degrees above normal.

In the western region, the weather remained relatively cool and wet. Some producers missed their window to plant beet seed. Meanwhile, spinach, potatoes and broccoli were being planted. Overall, while the weather was cold and wet, farmers managed to cultivate the planted seed crop, although a month late. Calves, lambs, and goat kids were spotted doing well on farms.

In the central region, while some fields remained flooded, the weather warmed up a little, with grass growing well. Irrigation work was mostly done on fields in the region, where possible. Little fertilizer was applied due to the fields still being inundated with water.

In the eastern regions, the weather was more favorable. Corn planting continued, while potato planting was nearly finished. Some regions experienced wet conditions similar to the western and central regions, preventing spring crop planting for a number of operations. First cutting of alfalfa was delayed due to the rain. Only a select number of dry bean operations successfully planted their crop. Some operators were concerned about rust and began spraying to prevent rust.

Overall, the rain delayed the planting of spring crops and the first cutting of alfalfa hay with some operations reporting up to a month in delays for their operations. For those who could work, they focused on planting potatoes and corn. Grass and hay grew well, but farmers were unable to cut due to the wet weather. Livestock appeared to be doing well this week.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
1% poor
17% fair
66% good
15% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
29% fair
68% good
2% excellent

0% very poor
4% poor
32% fair
64% good
0% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
57% fair
31% good
12% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
81% this week
72% last week
96% last year
97% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
55% this week
46% last week
88% last year
84% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
6% this week
1% last week
37% last year
15% 5-year average

Barley planted:
75% this week
63% last week
90% last year
91% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
50% this week
38% last week
72% last year
71% 5-year average

Oats planted:
36% this week
33% last week
75% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
2% this week
1% last week
49% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
49% this week
39% last week
83% last year
79% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
16% this week
5% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
6% this week
1% last week
34% last year
NA 5-year average