Crop progress report 04/25: Improved field conditions in Washington


There were 6.5 days suitable for field work, down from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for week ending April 25 were normal to above normal.

In western Washington, rain helped the fields that were dried out. In Clallam County, it was another good week of weather for farming. Field conditions improved. First grass cutting was still too early, but spring grains and grass were planted. In King County, nursery stock harvest and cut flowers did well.

In central Washington, Okanogan County received much needed moisture, and cattle producers relied on early annual grass pastures. The annual grasses did not get much height before burning off and seeding out. In Klickitat County, it was dry with no pasture for cows to graze since no perennial spring grasses were planted. In Yakima County, field crews began to lay out irrigation and placed black plastic over vegetable hills to warm the soils to receive early spring transplants. Grapevines began to leaf out, and cherries were in the shuck split stage.

In east central Washington, it was drier than normal, which impacted winter wheat conditions. In southeast Washington, rain was still needed.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
7% poor
32% fair
55% good
5% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
80% this week
71% last week
87% last year
60% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
55% this week
15% last week
58% last year
25% 5-year average

Barley planted:
78% this week
74% last week
75% last year
41% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
53% this week
24% last week
37% last year
15% 5-year average

Oats planted:
31% this week
11% last week
41% last year
26% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
1% this week
NA last week
2% last year
7% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
63% this week
24% last week
68% last year
41% 5-year average