For the week ending May 8
Washington state crops ahead of schedule and crop conditions were great
There were 6.2 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 6 % poor, 17% fair, 57% good and 20% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from 36 degrees in the central and southeast regions to 91 degrees in the southeast region, with a statewide temperature differential of 7 degrees to 16 degrees above normal.
Calving season continued throughout the state. Pasture growth started to show signs of slowing down with the increased heat and dryness throughout the state. This led to a slowdown in grazing rotation. Early haylage cuttings were reported throughout the state. Benton County reported rain on some of their first cutting.
Western Washington potatoes were three weeks ahead of normal. Skagit County reported spinach and beet fields growing fast with cabbage blooming. Vegetable planting was excellent throughout the state.
Winter wheat headed throughout the state. Asotin, Garfield and Whitman counties reported early signs of rust in their wheat fields.
Yakima County reported that field crews transplanted vegetables through black plastic and continued to maintain hop production by weeding and training the hop plants. Asparagus harvest peaked in Yakima County. Pacific County began their cranberry bloom on their early varieties with insect pest development ahead of normal. Chelan and Douglas counties expected their cherry crop to be one of the largest on record. The cherries in that area had a strong bloom and no damage from frost, allowing for an early harvest. Raspberries and most blueberries were in full bloom in Snohomish County.