Crop progress report 04/05: Precipitation, wind slowed field work in Washington


There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week. In western Washington, grass was slow to grow with the cooler temperatures. Most livestock were out on pastures. Farmers worked ground and spread manure. However, most fields were too wet to work. In San Juan County, some orchards were beginning to bloom. In Snohomish County, most work was being done in greenhouses. It was too wet for much outside work.

In Yakima County, peaches and nectarines were still in bloom, while plums, pears and cherries were entering bloom. Most apple trees were at half-inch green with a few flowers starting to open. Field crews tended crowns in the hop yards. There was more orchard tear-out over the past week.

In Adams County, the week was good for field work except for two half days that were windy. Pastures were responding nicely to the warming temperatures. In Eastern Washington, there were spring snow showers that slowed planting, seeding and growth. Cattle producers started to have issues with rangeland not greening up soon enough. In Whitman County, the winter wheat crop looked very good. Conditions were good for planting spring crops. 

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
17% fair
73% good
9% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
42% this week
NA last week
8% last year
21% 5-year average

Barley planted:
40% this week
NA last week
7% last year
12% 5-year average

Oats planted:
8% this week
NA last week
4% last year
4% 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
22% this week
NA last week
2% last year
11% 5-year average