Crop progress report 4/23: Field operations held back due to flooding

There were 4.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 0 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 61 percent good and 5 percent excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees  was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 2 degrees below normal to 7 degrees above normal.

Reports continued to indicate that most fields were still filled with too much water, preventing any field work. Patches of dry and sunny weather did occur in some regions, which allowed for limited field work. Some losses were expected due to the late planting and early sowing failures. Some field operations were concerned about root rot and rust due to their late start. Plenty of grass grew due to the wet weather, with cattle operations taking advantage of the excess grass. Pear and plum trees were blooming along with early apples. Raspberry growers prepared for planting. Overall, regions remain flooded, with field and vegetable crops delayed while pastures and fruit operations performed well despite wet conditions.

Crop conditions:

WA winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
14% fair
67% good
16% excellent

Crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
38% this week
20% last week
71% last year
71% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
1% this week
N/A last week
40% last year
34% 5-year average

Barley planted:
12% this week
6% last week
49% last year
51% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
1% this week
N/A last week
24% last year
18% 5-year average

Oats planted:
12% this week
4% last week
35% last year
N/A 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
28% this week
6% last week
52% last year
41% 5-year average