Crop progress report 04/08: Wet week in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.8 days last week.

Western Washington saw a little precipitation. Crops were coming along a bit ahead of schedule. Pasture conditions were normal for this time of year, but there were few animals out because of the wet ground.

Central Washington saw some precipitation that dropped temperatures overnight. Cows were put into pastures for grazing, but most grass was still short. Spring wheat seeding started in the eastern part of Klickitat County. In Yakima County, asparagus harvest began. Pear and plum orchards were entering full bloom in the Yakima Valley. Apricots were in post bloom, and peach flower blooms were quite spotty. Sweet cherry bloom also appeared. Some apple varieties in warmer areas of the county started to bloom. Hop bines were emerging from their hills and seeking trellis twine to start growing. Irrigation canals began to flow, but there were reports that junior water rights holders would not get their full allotment of water this summer.

Northeast Washington saw rain delays that halted work during the middle of last week. Calving was going well. East central Washington had rain delays that stopped spring work during the middle of last week. Southeast Washington saw a good amount of precipitation, and the winter wheat looked great.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
3% very poor
7% poor
46% fair
40% good
4% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
21% this week
10% last week
10% last year
25% 5-year average

Barley planted:
10% this week
4% last week
4% last year
20% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
1% this week
NA last week
2% last year
12% 5-year average