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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending May 3, 2015

Dry weather conditions continued in Washington

Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.8. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 10 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 43 percent good and 7 percent excellent. In western Washington, dry and warm conditions prevailed and allowed producers to complete field work. Reports indicated most fields having had the first cutting of grass for silage having been placed in bunkers. Strawberries and blueberries showed progressed throughout the week. Dry and warm weather conditions continued throughout central Washington. Irrigation water was rationed and districts were looking to buy up excess water rights elsewhere. Winter wheat crop was reported to be in good condition but in need of spring precipitation. In Yakima County, cherry and apple growers applied their first cover sprays to control fruit fly and codling moth. Field crews focused on new planting for apples. Hops were beginning to spiral up the trellises. In eastcentral Washington, no precipitation was reported. Field activities continued to be high with the planting of spring onions, sweet and field corn, dry beans, potato, and first cutting of alfalfa. In southeastern Washington, dry conditions continued while some crops began to show some stress where soils were shallow. 

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week

2013

5 Yr. Avg.

Spring wheat planted 96 90 90 82
Spring wheat emerged 75 47 57 52
Winter wheat headed 2 - - -
Barley planted 88 77 78 72
Barley emerged 63 35 39 38
Oats planted 64 45 NA NA
Oats emerged 25 15 NA NA
Dry peas planted 80 72 55 50
Dry peas emerged 21 8 NA NA

 

Crop Condition

Crop

% Acreage

VP

P

F

G

EX

Winter Wheat  2 10 51 33 4
Spring Wheat - - - - -
Barley - - - - -
VP=Very Poor  P=Poor  F=Fair  G=Good  EX=Excellent
*Crop conditions are a measurement of the growing conditions 
and are not indicative of the quality of the crop produced.

 

Soil Moisture

Item

Very Short (%)

Short (%)

Adequate (%)

Surplus (%)

Topsoil moisture 2 38 59 1
Subsoil moisture 5 33 61 1

 

 

Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released May 4, 2015.

Washington State University USDA USDA/NASS- Washington Field Office
Cooperative Extension Service Farm Service Agency Christopher Mertz
Richard Koenig Judith Olson NW Regional Director
Dean/Director, WSU Extension State Executive Director