For the week ending May 1
Washington state plantings and crop progress ahead of schedule
There were 5.9 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 0% very poor, 6 % poor, 18% fair, 64% good and 12% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from the 27 degrees in the northeast region to 81 degrees in the southwest region. Temperatures were warmer than usual across the state for this time of year.
The warmer temperatures pushed grass and forage growth ahead of normal. Livestock producers continued to put their livestock out to pasture. Okanogan, Yakima and Ferry counties reported the first cutting of alfalfa began. Local vegetables were planted in the western side of the state.
Douglas County had fields of winter wheat that did not emerge last fall. Some producers were able to replant those fields with other crops such as spring wheat. Adams, Lincoln and Douglas counties reported stripe rust in their winter wheat crop.
Fruit crops progressed ahead of schedule this year due to the warmer temperatures. Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens counties began their planting season. Yakima County had crews harvesting asparagus and stringing hop fields. Throughout the state, farmers began preparation for fruit thinning. The cranberry crop was in good condition in Pacific County. Raspberries were planted in Whatcom County. The southwest region of the state had raspberries blooming, and the strawberry crop developed ahead of schedule and looked to be in good condition.
Barley was replanted in San Juan County due to last year’s drought conditions.
Overall, the farmers and livestock producers were happy with this year’s warmth and moisture.