Crop progress report 04/11: Washington is dry and cold


There were 5.9 days suitable for field work, down from 7 days reported the previous week. Temperatures throughout the state of Washington for the week ending April 11 were below normal.

In San Juan, Island and Skagit counties, nights were very cool with a mix of rain and sunshine. Field work and some planting was done during the dry days. In Jefferson and Snohomish counties, soil temperatures were cold, and the grass growth was slow. Many producers turned out cattle. Significant amount of garden ground was tilled up, and some cold vegetables came out but had only turned. In San Juan County, livestock were still on stockpiled feed and no grains were planted just yet.

In Yakima County, below-freezing temperatures required frost protection in tree fruit orchards. Apricots were in post bloom while most pears were in full bloom. Apple orchards were in tight bloom, while some only had pollinizers in bloom.

In southeast Washington, high winds and inclement weather prevented spring work from happening. Everything was very dry, and rain was needed, but wheat looked good.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
5% poor
20% fair
67% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
50% this week
14% last week
55% last year
32% 5-year average

Barley planted:
39% this week
10% last week
49% last year
21% 5-year average

Oats planted:
3% this week
2% last week
12% last year
10% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
8% this week
2% last week
26% last year
13% 5-year average