Crop progress report 03/20: Average conditions for March in Eastern Washington


Western Washington precipitation was below average in March. It was mild and dry across many counties in Western Washington. Spring field preparation was under way. In Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, the weather had been erratic. Producers were spreading as much fertilizer as possible between the rain and hail. Winter calving was almost finished, and spring calving had not started. Producers were anxious to start chopping haylage because dairy-quality organic hay had been difficult to find. In Thurston County the grass was not as green as producers were expecting. Jefferson County saw a lot of flooding due to increased rain activity in the later part of the month. In San Juan County, some no-till drill pasture seeding had been attempted.

Central Washington was dry. In Klickitat County, there was very little pasture growing. The soil temperature remained low in Adams County because natural moisture was below average.

In Eastern Washington, the winter wheat was in mostly good condition. Overall the conditions were average in Eastern Washington.