Crop progress report 03/31: Slow start to spring in Washington

By the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington.

Western Washington saw warmer weather, leading to raspberry plants leafing out. Field work was completed between rain showers.

Central Washington saw typical weather for March, with grass starting to grow, but the fields were too wet to begin field work. In Yakima County, honeybees were moved into stone fruit orchards, and vegetable growers were still preparing fields for this year’s crop. Apricots bloomed, with flower bloom showing in sweet cherries and peach blocks in warmer areas.

Northeast Washington saw heavy rains with scattered hail. Some winter wheat fields had standing water. Field activities had not started in the valleys but did begin along the Columbia River. Calving was in full swing. East central Washington had typical weather for this time of the year. Southeast Washington saw cooler temperatures than the rest of the state.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
6% very poor
10% poor
33% fair
49% good
2% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
10% this week
NA last week
5% last year
14% 5-year average

Barley planted:
4% this week
NA last week
2% last year
9% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
0% this week
NA last week
1% last year
NA 5-year average

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