Crop progress report 05/10: Good crop progress reported in Washington


There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up slightly from 5.8 the previous week. There was rainfall early in the week followed by sunshine and warmer temperatures. Good planting progress was reported statewide. In western Washington, rainfall was followed by three days of record-breaking temperatures in the mid 80s, allowing quite a bit of fieldwork to be accomplished. Planted crops looked good. First cutting of grass came off light but with a good wilt. Snohomish County approached 90 percent planted with a couple of low fields left that were planted for barley. 

San Juan County reported a rapid green up of forage and food crops. Livestock was on grass. The haylage harvest looked to start soon.

In Yakima County, field crews thinned peach and apple fruit. Apricots were the size of quarters. Cherries started to show a tint of yellow. Some orchards were replanted and grafted over to new varieties. Asparagus harvest continued. Vegetable growers continued to lay down more black plastic, and many fields received vegetable transplants. Grape varieties and raspberries were setting flowers.

In northeast Washington, rain and light hail fell Wednesday. Pastures started to look much better. Normal cattle turnout was reported for the region. In southeast Washington, crops looked good. Winter wheat was growing well. The majority of the winter wheat crop remained in good to excellent condition. Rains helped the soil moisture levels. Much of the spring planted crops had emerged. Chemical applications commenced.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
1% poor
20% fair
61% good
17% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
5% poor
22% fair
56% good
17% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
15% fair
73% good
6% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
4% fair
74% good
22% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
96% this week
92% last week
78% last year
87% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
80% this week
78% last week
55% last year
66% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
9% this week
5% last week
3% last year
9% 5-year average

Barley planted:
94% this week
88% last week
68% last year
75% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
68% this week
53% last week
40% last year
54% 5-year average

Oats planted:
80% this week
70% last week
42% last year
48% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
40% this week
24% last week
25% last year
23% 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
98% this week
91% last week
62% last year
68% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
58% this week
39% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
11% this week
1% last week
11% last year
12% 5-year average

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