Crop progress report 0616: Record high temps set in western Washington


There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.4 days the previous week. Dry, hot conditions characterized the weather statewide.

In Adams and Lincoln counties, combined wind and heat pulled moisture out of top soil. Final bean crops in Adams and Lincoln counties required water immediately after planting. Winter wheat and spring cereal conditions declined in southeast Washington without the necessary rain.

In Walla Walla and Columbia counties, dry peas bloomed, and the majority of first hay cutting was completed. In Yakima County, green onion harvest continued, and asparagus harvest finished. Peppers and tomatoes were planted through black plastic. Transplanted cucumbers and squashes had a great week of growth. Early hops reached the tops of trellises, and raspberries began to yield. Yakima County orchards cut groundcover and set out cherry bins.

In western Washington, the lack of precipitation continued to lower soil moisture levels. Pasture regrowth was stunted as well. Farms with access to irrigation applied water earlier than usual in the season. In San Juan and Skagit counties, newly planted crops grew quickly. In San Juan County, hay equipment came out early, and pastures dried out. Berries sized up, and apples, pears and plums were close behind. Vegetables were harvested for CSA.

In King and Snohomish counties, corn grew to around 6 inches. Most crop conditions stayed strong, except for barley planted in early May that had yet to recover from hard rains in late May. In Whatcom County, strawberry harvest was in full swing and bees were pollinating blueberry blooms. Hay second cuttings began.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
27% fair
63% good
7% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
37% fair
53% good
7% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
31% fair
59% good
9% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
53% fair
46% good
1% excellent

Dry edible pea:
0% very poor
1% poor
9% fair
88% good
2% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
98% this week
92% last week
98% last year
99% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
13% this week
0% last week
41% last year
43% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
91% this week
76% last week
94% last year
92% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
91% this week
76% last week
96% last year
96% 5-year average

Barley headed:
17% this week
0% last week
25% last year
35% 5-year average

Oats planted:
90% this week
80% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
65% this week
62% last week
90% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
1% this week
0% last week
21% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
89% this week
79% last week
97% last year
97% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
88% this week
66% last week
95% last year
85% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
2% this week
0% last week
7% last year
0% 5-year average