Crop progress report 04/25: Cooler Temperatures Present in Washington


There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 2.8 the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal.

In San Juan County, chilly, cool nights did not affect fruit trees. Fieldwork started up due to drier weather conditions. Some timed rotational grazing took place on farms with drier upland soils. In Whatcom County, dairy farms had begun to apply manure to drier fields. Grass damage was more evident from the November flooding and the continued wet and cold winter weather.

In Klickitat County, conditions were too wet to get tractors in the field. Temperatures were too cold for pasture growth. In Chelan County, wheat and pasture conditions improved from the previous week. All areas of the county saw reduced effects of drought. In Yakima County, apple trees were in various stages of flower bloom to post-bloom, depending on variety and location. Cool temperatures postponed asparagus harvest, with some growers burying spears to insulate them from freezing temperatures. Field crews were in hop yards and tied string to the trellis for the emerging bines to climb.

In Asotin County, cold, windy days turned into freezing nights. Snow was still present in the fields from drifts.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
7% poor
39% fair
48% good
4% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
73% this week
40% last week
79% last year
58% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
24% this week
15% last week
49% last year
24% 5-year average

Barley planted:
59% this week
31% last week
77% last year
44% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
10% this week
7% last week
49% last year
19% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
41% this week
35% last week
57% last year
39% 5-year average

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