Crop progress report 0526: Cool temps, late May precipitation surprised Washington growers


There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.2 the previous week.

Forecasted rain was well received in Jefferson, Island, San Juan and Clallam counties, where concerns of summer drought arose. Jefferson, Island, San Juan and Clallam counties received up to half an inch of rain, yet crops still showed signs of browning out. Gov. Inslee declared drought in the North Olympic Peninsula, and growers planned to begin irrigation early.

First haylage cuttings were completed by San Juan County growers. CSA farms in San Juan County planted vegetables, and early produce matured, while orchardists thinned fruit trees. Rain in Snohomish and King counties delayed planting. Grass in Snohomish County progressed well, where most growers completed their first cutting. Though standing water was present in parts of Snohomish and King counties, concerns about summer moisture mounted. Early strawberries ripened in Snohomish County. Vegetables were in the ground in Snohomish County, although some melons had yet to be planted.

In Klickitat County, the cool temperatures and precipitation delayed alfalfa cutting. Pastures were green. The moisture also caused spring crops in Klickitat County to emerge quicker than expected. Some areas of winter wheat were patchy in Lincoln County. In Douglas County, Cabbage Seedpod Weevil problems were reported. Whitman County received sparse rain.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
5% poor
34% fair
49% good
12% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
39% fair
51% good
10% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
29% fair
48% good
23% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
96% this week
87% last week
97% last year
99% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
77% this week
69% last week
89% last year
92% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
22% this week
10% last week
44% last year
46% 5-year average

Barley planted:
83% this week
77% last week
94% last year
97% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
62% this week
55% last week
76% last year
86% 5-year average

Oats planted:
70% this week
65% last week
88% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
37% this week
34% last week
58% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
87% this week
78% last week
95% last year
94% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
62% this week
51% last week
73% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
33% this week
1305% last week
37% last year
44% 5-year average