Crop progress report 05/17: Washington crops benefitted from some nice days, rain


There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down some from 5.9 the previous week. Planting progress wrapped up, and good emergent progress was reported.

In western Washington, a mix of rain and sunshine helped field crops stay healthy. In San Juan County, forage was almost ready for early haylage harvest. Livestock was on rotation for grazing. In Snohomish County, the first cutting of grass silage came off many fields. Last week, more field preparation was done, and many fields were planted to get ahead of the predicted rains. Strawberries formed, and some areas started to pick.

Central Washington reported a mixture of results. The bunch grass range ground was in great shape in Okanogan County. With the increased moisture county wide, summer range was also in excellent shape. Klickitat County remained very dry. Hay crops appeared short. In Yakima County, the crop phenology appeared to slow down but matched last year’s progress. Field crews thinned and pruned apple trees. Cherries showed straw yellow and some red color. Asparagus harvest continued. Crews trained hops to run up the trellis. Some vines reached as high as three feet.

In northeast Washington, a wet week with heavy rains were reported. The precipitation also helped maintain current soil moisture conditions in east central Washington. In southeast Washington, winter wheat headed out; however, spring crops were still in need of more rain.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
16% fair
71% good
12% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
7% poor
19% fair
65% good
9% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
14% fair
70% good
10% excellent

0% very poor
3% poor
18% fair
71% good
8% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
5% fair
83% good
12% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
82% this week
80% last week
67% last year
77% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
20% this week
9% last week
8% last year
23% 5-year average

Barley planted:
95% this week
94% last week
75% last year
86% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
71% this week
68% last week
52% last year
6754% 5-year average

Oats planted:
85% this week
80% last week
59% last year
68% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
50% this week
40% last week
32% last year
35% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
88% this week
58% last week
40% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
29% this week
11% last week
26% last year
25% 5-year average

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