Crop progress report 05/03: Good crop planting progress reported in Washington


There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.1 the previous week. Intermittent rainfall from a series of low pressure systems passed through the state and brought much needed rainfall.

Crop producers wrapped up seeding spring grains and made good progress planting row crops ahead of the much needed rainfall. Along the coast, oyster producers experienced significant revenue loss. Without a viable market, oysters that were seeded last year matured past their prime size for retail sale. The pumpkin and flower farmers also experienced setbacks. The weather was favorable with gentle showers. Crops were doing great. Early plantings came up well. San Juan County continued to see emergence of pastures as soil temperatures warmed up, and growth kicked into action. In Snohomish County, no field corn was in the ground yet.

In central Washington, Okanogan County received rain both Friday and Saturday. Crops and grass responded well to moisture. Yakima Valley received a trace of rain from scattered showers. Low temperatures at night forced growers to engage frost protection measures to protect young fruitlets. Most tree fruit crops were in post bloom. Field crews continued to dispose of orchard tear-out. Grape vines were actively growing. Hop vines began to work their way up the trellis strings. Asparagus harvest continued.

In northeast and east central Washington, winds impeded some field work. Cooler temperatures slowed some crop development. Precipitation was adequate to maintain crop conditions and soil moisture levels. In Eastern Washington, the rain received helped grain crops. They looked good for now, but more soil moisture was needed. Almost all spring seeding was completed.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
22% fair
67% good
10% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
23% fair
67% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
92% this week
88% last week
66% last year
77% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
78% this week
60% last week
25% last year
46% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
5% this week
0% last week
2% last year
5% 5-year average

Barley planted:
88% this week
76% last week
55% last year
61% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
53% this week
38% last week
25% last year
36% 5-year average

Oats planted:
70% this week
42% last week
34% last year
37% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
24% this week
2% last week
14% last year
16% 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
91% this week
71% last week
44% last year
55% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
39% this week
11% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

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

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