Crop progress report 04/18: Fieldwork up in Washington with dry soils


There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 5.9 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending April 18 were above normal.

Western Washington experienced summer-like temperatures. In San Juan county, warm temperatures stimulated pasture growth, and fruit trees were in full bloom. Livestock transitioned to pasture feed, and many CSA farms struggled to get crops out. In Snohomish County, more fieldwork was done than previous week with dry soils. Early high tunnel harvest of greens and cold crops took place and more transplants went in.

In Central Washington, soils remained dry, and lack of precipitation over the past few weeks increased the effect on the quality of dryland crops and pastures. Livestock producers purchased extra feed, reduced herd size and moved cows to additional pasture. In Okanogan County, no precipitation occurred, and the cold night temperatures caused loss in cherries. Low moisture impacted wheat and grass growth as well.

In Yakima and Klickitat counties, conditions were very dry, and lack of precipitation caused for a deep drought. In Douglas and Adams counties, another dry, windy and cold week occurred, and spring cereal planting progressed quickly. Southeast Washington was in severe need of rain, and crops looked dry.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
6% poor
25% fair
64% good
3% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
71% this week
50% last week
75% last year
45% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
15% this week
NA last week
43% last year
16% 5-year average

Barley planted:
74% this week
39% last week
67% last year
29% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
24% this week
NA last week
28% last year
10% 5-year average

Oats planted:
11% this week
3% last week
32% last year
20% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
24% this week
8% last week
48% last year
26% 5-year average