Crop progress 0506: Planting, spraying underway in Washington


There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 56 percent good and 8 percent excellent. A low temperature of 31 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 85 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. The statewide temperature differential ranged from 1 degree to 11 degrees above normal.

The Olympic Peninsula and northwest Washington reported dry, warm weather. This allowed producers to cut grass fields and livestock to go out to pasture this last week. Whatcom County started corn and potato planting. Snohomish County had blueberries, strawberries, apples, and pears in bloom. Excess soil moisture in many locations in San Juan County led to delayed barley and no-till plantings. Chelan and Douglas Counties had apple and pear trees in bloom; livestock producers finished calving in this area. Canola began to bloom and a few winter peas started to flower.

The northeast corner of the state reported spring wheat being completely seeded. Klickitat County had strong winds early in the week that dried out fields. Fertilizer application was in full swing with lighter winds in the middle of the week. Wine grapes reached pre-bloom stage with six to eight inches of growth. Potato and sweet corn planting continued in Franklin County and the winds cooperated with crop spraying. The Palouse reported a healthy winter wheat crop, most of which has been sprayed.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
15% fair
64% good
19% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
27% fair
71% good
1% excellent

1% very poor
2% poor
26% fair
71% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
73% this week
78% last week
69% last year
88% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
49% this week
30% last week
41% last year
65% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
4% this week
NA last week
1% last year
5% 5-year average

Barley planted:
66% this week
57% last week
58% last year
76% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
37% this week
18% last week
33% last year
52% 5-year average

Oats planted:
25% this week
17% last week
31% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
15% this week
NA last week
1% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
57% this week
40% last week
38% last year
62% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
22% this week
NA last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average