Crop progress 0617: Storms across Washington left few dry spots


There were 6.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 71 percent good and 5 percent excellent. A low temperature of 31 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 90 degrees F was reported in the western region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 7 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal.

Northwestern Washington finished with its first cutting of grass silage. Dry grass cutting was nearly completed. Pastures were drying out. Green beans were planted late this year. Rhubarb was in poor condition. In the Puget Sound, crops were progressing well. Continued warm, dry conditions affected plants in poor soils. Producers were irrigating.

East Skagit County received a torrential downpour including hail last week that flooded some fields and damaged crops. Some corn was knee-high in Snohomish County. Raspberries were beginning to redden. The past week resulted in three inches of rain in Clallam County, impeding operators from accessing low-lying fields to plant potatoes. Raspberries began to ripen in Whatcom County. CSAs in San Juan County were loaded with cool season crops and vegetable harvest was ramping up. Grasses set seed heads. Strawberry growers in Snohomish County were fighting with mud and chilly temperatures. The cool temperatures drastically slowed vegetable producers.

Alfalfa growers in Klickitat County cut their hay early to avoid alfalfa weevils. The rain in Kittitas County was timely for rangeland forage production and supported late spring growth. A widespread thunderstorm passed through Yakima County on June 16. Cherry producers used a number of strategies to minimize rain damage. Apricots were colored up. Sweet corn fields were at tassel. Hop vines were approaching the top of the trellises. Summer squash, pickling cucumbers and peas started harvest. Asparagus harvest wrapped up.

Northeastern Washington had reports of rust. Showers in Franklin County damaged alfalfa and timothy cuttings. Green peas were harvested. Sweet corn and dry beans were being planted. Winter wheat turned golden in many fields. Lincoln County reported frost, black potatoes and some rust, but overall crops were faring well.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
10% fair
60% good
28% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
16% fair
67% good
15% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
12% fair
75% good
13% excellent

0% very poor
3% poor
27% fair
60% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
45% this week
20% last week
27% last year
43% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
95% this week
87% last week
82% last year
93% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
96% this week
94% last week
87% last year
97% 5-year average

Barley headed:
27% this week
13% last week
9% last year
37% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
92% this week
81% last week
76% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
21% this week
20% last week
4% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
98% this week
94% last week
90% last year
98% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
96% this week
90% last week
76% last year
82% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
8% this week
NA last week
7% last year
NA 5-year average